New article: Brazil's Agrofuel Push

Monday 17 November, Corporate Europe Observatory Press Release

Groups Highlight Brazilian Government’s Damaging Agrofuel Push

Brazilian agrofuels, including ethanol from sugarcane, should not be accepted by the EU as sustainable, campaigners said today (Monday) in a joint open letter [1], published as EU representatives attend an International Biofuel Conference, hosted by Brazil, where leaders are expected to push for greater reliance on agrofuels [2].

The call comes as the EU prepares to decide on the Renewable Energy Directive, including mandatory targets to promote the use of agrofuel (fuel from crops) in transport [3].

New research, published by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) alongside the letter to European decision makers shows how the Brazilian government is engaged in a global campaign to expand its agrofuel industry, including the promotion of projects in developing countries, some of which are funded from European aid budgets [4].

Worst EU lobby Awards 2008: vote for agrofuel lobby!

Open for voting until 30 November

Who deserves to be named and shamed for the most deceptive or misleading lobbying campaign in Brussels this year? You decide! Cast your votes until 30 November! The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday 9th December. Please visit to find out about all the candidates for 2008.

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The Agrofuels Lobby
Nominated for their misleading campaigns to promote agrofuels as green.

Vote for the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), Brazilian sugar barons (UNICA) and energy company Abengoa Bioenergy who have all used misleading information in their European lobby campaigns to try and persuade the European Parliament, Commissioners and member states that agrofuels are sustainable.

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