Motorists forced to burn more rainforest to meet EU green energy targets – 2017 figures

Diesel cars and trucks burned more than half (51%) of all the palm oil used in Europe in 2017 – a 13.5% rise in palm biodiesel over the previous year – new data from OILWORLD, the industry reference for vegetable oils markets, released today by T&E shows. Since the introduction of an EU law to promote biofuels in 2009, palm oil used to make biofuel has steadily increased from 825,000 tonnes in 2008 to 3.9 million tonnes in 2017. The use of palm oil for biodiesel dwarfs palm oil use in other products such as cookies, chocolate spreads, shampoo or lipsticks, which combined add up to 39% of total use in 2017 – the lowest point in the past decade.

More: https://www.transportenvironment.org/press/motorists-forced-burn-more-rainforest-meet-eu-green-energy-targets-2017-figures

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