Banning bad bio-fuels good for renewables

The European Union has announced regulation banning bio-fuels grown on high conservation lands. The law has been established to protect tropical rainforest that is underthreat from soya bean and palm oil plantations. Both crops have become considerably more lucrative with the increased demand for bio-diesel as a result of rising oil prices. Some European bio-diesel companies have complained that the regulations will slow the fight against global warming which partly relies on the adoption of bio-fuels. The World Watch Institute published a statement on February 28th refuting this argument. “The only way forward is to keep working on sustainability standards, measurements and labelling,” the statement said.

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