Greenpeace warns on rising palm oil in Germany’s diesel fuel

04 July 2013 16:19  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Palm oil levels in diesel fuel sold at German petrol stations tripled since 2011, while the portion of rapeseed oil fell sharply, Greenpeace said on Thursday, citing a study it conducted.

Greenpeace said that Germany did not produce enough rapeseed oil for blending with diesel fuel to meet biofuel quotas. Instead, it was importing more and more palm oil for blending, even though palm oil production resulted in the razing of rain forests in country's such as Indonesia, the group said.

"This trend shows the madness of [EU] biofuel policies," said Gesche Jurgens, an expert on forestry at Greenpeace.

"Biofuels do not solve environmental problems, rather they create new problems," she added and pointed to recent air pollution in southeast Asia because of forest fires.

The European Parliament is currently debating a proposal to reduce biofuel content quotas. Jurgens called on the parliamentarians to "significantly curb" the use of biofuels in the EU.

Greenpeace said it took samples of diesel at various petrol stations in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, and had those samples examined in a laboratory. Details about the study are available on Greenpeace’s German website.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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