NGOs want Belgium to reduce biofuel objectives
Several Belgian non-governmental organizations want Belgium to reduce its objectives to use more biofuels. They launched their joint statement following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report last Tuesday. The report confirmed that large-scale biofuel production has a negative impact on global food security and poverty.
The Belgian national energy and climate plan aimed to stimulate the use of biofuels. Doing so, it hoped to reduce the impact on global warming. The NGOs, including Oxfam, 11.11.11, and Fian now want the objectives to be reviewed before the finalization of the plans at the end of this year.
The latest IPCC report, which examines numerous aspects of ground use linked to global warming, confirmed that massive biofuel production promotes famine. The ground used for biofuel competes with agriculture and could lead to desertification.
“These risks are threatening food security and water reserves. Especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia,” said the NGOs in their appeal.