The Human and Environmental Cost of the EU’s Bio-Energy Option

The Human and Environmental Cost of the EU’s Bio-Energy Option

The European consumption of palm oil has doubled in recent time hitting a record 6.5 million tons in 2016, making the EU the 2nd largest importer and 3rd largest consumer in the world. The European consumption of palm oil is worrisome because of the final product. While other consumers mostly employ it in the food and cosmetics industries or house finishing and cleaning agent industries, the EU uses hers mainly for bio-diesel. The aim of the EU parliament to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country come from renewable sources such as biofuels means that her consumption is bound to continue to increase in the coming years.

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