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We recently objected to the statement of Ms Marie Donnelly (DG ENER), who said that public opinion is against biofuels and therefore we should follow the vox populi, regardless of the facts. The role of the Commission is to act in the general interest and inform citizens on the basis of objective studies. This is… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

By Hilal Elver, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and Olivier De Schutter, Honorary Advisor to Oxfam International and former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. One in nine people are currently going hungry and more frequent extreme weather events are threatening food security. But an opportunity to change… » read more

Friends of Europe’s annual energy summit (held on 30 October) saw tough exchanges between CCS defenders and the renewable energy sector but kept dodging the real question: can we solve the climate/energy crisis without questioning our economic growth and development paradigm? Energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs, as expected, defended his commission resolve not to “deviate” from… » read more

The climate change ‘cost or opportunity’ debate: why has it not been settled? A worrying number of European states, industries and even average citizens are still convinced that fighting climate change will be too costly and risky in terms of jobs and growth. The current economic crisis is creating even greater anxiety, giving rise to… » read more

Two-speed Europe on biofuels

Biofuels targets–that’s what everybody talks about. But in Bulgaria, debate focus on regulation and sanctions. We are in a two speed Europe! In July, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee backed a proposal for a target of just 4% by 2015, “out of which at least 20% is met by the use of electricity or hydrogen… » read more

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