EU: The EU biofuel policy again comes under the criticism of experts. The models for indirect land use changes are fraught with uncertainty; the ILUC research is controversial; further studies are needed. Proposed by the EU Commission ILUC values to take account of indirect land use changes are not appropriate as a basis for legal action, emphasize the authors of the study " Biofuels in the EU and indirect land use change ", which was presented yesterday in Berlin.
EU/UK: A staggering 4.2 million tonnes of avoidable food waste are being thrown away each year, equating to six meals per week for the average UK household, writes Gemma Hyland. Wasting food and drink hits our pockets – spending money on food that ends up being thrown away – and is a financial drain on local authorities who have to pay for food waste collection and treatment. A recent report published by the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) looked at UK food waste, its volume, origin and environmental impact. It has a detrimental impact on the environment, wasting the materials, water and energy used in its production
EU: In discussion of climate change and energy, there are also some common "facts" that need revisiting. One is related to ethanol as the use of transportation fuels. It is commonly (and mistakenly believed) that production of corn ethanol is an energy-losing process. That is, you get less energy out of ethanol than was put into growing, harvest, and refining the fuel.
EU: There is persistent concern that biofuels compete with food production, drive up food prices and price volatility and so cause hunger. Many people, including very dignified authorities, accept this simple causality chain. The reality is far more complex. In a report now published by ePURE, Ecofys explored the background and details of the 2006-2008 food crisis and the 2011 commodity price spike.