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European airlines to start controversial biofuel-powered flights

Author: William McLennan, The Ecologist, Published on: 24 June 2011

Europe’s biggest airlines, including British Airways, Lufthansa and KLM [part of Air France KLM] have announced a major biofuels drive despite UN calls to limit biofuel growth...The EU has set targets for 10 per cent of transport fuels to come from renewable sources – as part of that it is now pushing for the aviation sector to use two million tonnes of biofuel, mostly oil palm, each year by 2020...However, environmental groups believe aviation’s demand for biofuels will increase the expansion of oil palm in the tropics, leading to destruction of rainforest in countries like Indonesia and Cameroon. While the UN says paying for the production of crops like oil palm or jatropha for biofuels removes the availability of land for food crops and puts increasing pressure on food prices. [also refers to Air France, Airbus (part of EADS), Neste Oil]

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Related companies: Air France KLM Airbus British Airways EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space) KLM (part of Air France KLM) Lufthansa Neste Oil