A leaked draft EU document shows that the Commission would like to rename palm oil plantations as “forest” in order that biodiesel from palm oil plantations can still meet EU biofuels sustainability criteria. Palm oil expansion is a major cause of tropical rainforest destruction and biodiesel from palm oil can easily cause more greenhouse gas emissions that the fossil fuel it is meant to replace.
Please email the new energy and environment Commissioners and ask them to amend this document to give a clear message to member states that biodiesel from palm oil has no role to play in a sustainable EU energy mix.
It’s a rare instance where emailing megalomaniacs could work, because ‘leaked drafts’ are often put out as feelers when they are not 100% confident of getting away with something.
see rainforestrescue.org for more and an email form if you don’t want to write your own.