Biofuels to be reviewed, but moratorium rejected

The government is to review the environmental impacts of biofuels, having realised its policies do not take full account of the potential for undesirable land-use changes.

In the face of growing scientific concern, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced in February it will review the environmental impacts of biofuels.

The review will focus on indirect land-use change caused by the increasing acreage of biofuel crops worldwide, according to its terms of reference.1The use of cropland for biofuels may displace existing agricultural production and stimulate further land clearance, resulting in more greenhouse gas emissions.

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