This letter asks for attention for the global Land Use Change impacts caused by the European biofuel targets such as deforestation and wetland loss. The organanisations call for a so-called ILUC-factor; emissions to be added to the accounted emissions for producing biofuels.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee discusses progress on the Commission’s impact assessment on indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts of EU biofuels policy during the week of 23-25 May 2011.
Therefore, Transport & Environment, European Environmental Bureau, BirdLife Europe, Friends of the Earth Europea, ClientEarth, Greenpeace, and Wetlands International call upon the Members of the European Parliament to ensure that the Commission meets the deadline (which it has postponed to July 2011) and publishes a proposal that addresses ILUC with specific ILUC factors for different types of biofuels (option 4 in the impact assessment).
Briefing: biofuels and indirect land-use change (ILUC)download