Can the EU square its desire to import only biofuels that conform to high ethical standards with the needs of free trade? That might sound like the kind of question we’d be covering in an ethics course (which thankfully we’re not). But it is possible that it could be left to the courts, a number of countries Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone,Indonesia and Malaysia say the EU’s policy amounts to tradebarriers.
According to carbonpositive:
Their ambassadors to the EU have drafted a joint letter,which Reuters claims to have seen, saying the safeguards “imposeunjustifiably complex requirements” on producer nations.
Now, if I was in the ethics class, my position would be that the countries are just whining. It is not as if there is anywhere that the EU would be sourcing its biofuels from that didn’t conform to its policy. I might make some points about the need for democracy, the rule of law, due process to mean something in some of these countries and I might add a bit about civil society.