No joined up thinking about biofuels

There’s no joined up thinking on biofuels at the UN, according to Global Dashboard reporting on the Guardian Newspaper this morning. This needs more work than I can give it at the moment, and I’m not sure why the UN should be blamed, or what it could do… But if we’re going to cut down good forest to plant oil palms or farmers start using more marginal land to grow crops then we’ll be in trouble.

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One Response to No joined up thinking about biofuels

  1. Keith R 9 May, 2007 at 7:20 pm #

    Simon, FYI, two UN bodies, FAO and ECLAC, have just publicly released the study asked for by Lula about biofuel production impacts on food security (the very issue raised in that Dashboard piece) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). They conclude that while there are risks, they are not all the ones claimed, may not be as bad as claimed and they probably can be addressed with the right mix of policies (they suggest the basic mix). Oh, and of course, that FAO help guide the process of getting an international consensus on biofuels production! (a plug for themselves not unexpected) LOL

    It’s hardly surprising to me that UN bodies don’t yet speak with one voice on biofuels. The biofuel craze is still relatively new and has exploded so fast that most of them are still scrambling to catch up (and carve out a leading role for themselves). Besides, how many governments do you know — or, for that matter, how many industry sectors — that “speak with one voice” on controversial issues of the day?

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