Paving the way for agrofuels. EU policy, sustainability criteria and climate calculations
[img_assist|nid=142|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=106|height=150]A critical discussion on the sustainability of agrofuels, and on current attempts by the EU and EU member states to develop criteria to guarantee that sustainability.
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The report concludes that current initiatives are bound to fail, and merely serve to legitimise the 10% agrofuel target that is being proposed. The EU itself only talks about criteria on two issues. The discussion in member states like the UK and the Netherlands is very focused on existing voluntary certification initiatives such as the Forest Stewardship Council, the Round Table on Sustainable Palmoil and the Round Table on Responsible Soy, but ignores the criticism on these schemes regarding effectiveness and whose interests are being represented.
The report also discusses the tricks of climate calculations that are supposed to show how much CO2 is saved by using agrofuels, and how Clean Development Mechanism funds can lead to damaging agrofuel projects being subsidised.