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Biofuture platform: neither clean, nor ecological

Biofuture platform: neither clean, nor ecological

Twenty countries have partnered with industry to form the so-called Biofuture Platform. Its goal is to replace oil with renewable raw materials to produce biofuels, bioplastics and biomaterials. But the effects of bioindustry on ecosystems and food production are fatal.

What is the Biofuture Platform

The Biofuture Platform aims to be a multi-stakeholder, action-oriented, and major-country mechanism for policy dialogue and collaboration between countries, organizations, academic institutions and the private sector, aware of the need to accelerate the developing and expanding the deployment of modern low-carbon and sustainable alternatives.

The ultimate goal of the Biofuture Platform is to assist in the global fight against climate change, nurture low-carbon transport solutions and the bioeconomy, as well as contribute to sustainable development and development goals, especially SDG 7 ( sustainable energy) and 13 (action against climate change), in addition to contributing to SDG 8 (economic growth and decent work), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), 2 (sustainable agriculture and zero hunger)) and 15 (forests and ecosystems).

Who make it up

The Biofuture Platform has been proposed by the Brazilian government to several leading countries on the five continents. The aim of the initiative is to bring together a relatively limited but strong group of like-minded countries that are either leaders in the new advanced bioeconomy or interested in its development. Twenty countries are the founding and current Member States of the Biofuture Platform: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Paraguay, the Philippines, Sweden , United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay.

The transport sector

There is an urgent need for an immediate scalable and sustainable solution to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector. Transportation is the sector that has so far been one of the most challenging for mitigation, accounting for about 23% of the world's energy-related greenhouse gas emissions according to the IPCC.

While there has been a lot of attention, investment and collaboration at the international level in the field of renewable energy, most recent actions have been directed at the energy sector. While that is positive and critical, the world must also do more to expand alternatives to fossil fuels in transportation and industry, taking advantage of new and sustainable technologies that already exist.

Given that low-carbon transportation fuels are the fastest alternative to reduce the carbon intensity of the sector without waiting for changes in the fleet and infrastructure, the Biofuture Platform aims to help fill that care gap, promote coordinating policies and putting the problem on the global agenda.

Member countries

But the real problem is consumption

To prevent the worst effects of climate change, governments must immediately end our excessive consumption of energy and raw materials, protect ecosystems such as primary forests, which are the best carbon stores, and plan for the transition to renewable energy. This sector represents 10% of world energy consumption, a figure on the rise.

More than half of renewable energy comes from burning wood and other types of biomass. Governments and international organizations want to push even more biomass use and create a “new bioeconomy”. To this end, the Biofuture Platform not only aims to promote the combustion of biomass, the so-called "modern bioenergy", but also the production of plastics from agricultural raw materials.

This requires huge amounts of wood, energy crops and agricultural raw materials. Globally covering our excessive and growing consumption of energy and resources with renewables is not an environmentally and climate-friendly solution. It means burning the earth's forests and growing trees and plants like oil palms in large monocultures to use as raw materials.

- Forests and trees store carbon in the long term, burning them produces as many harmful emissions for the climate as carbon.

- Industrial tree plantations require huge tracts of land, threaten natural ecosystems, biodiversity, soils and water resources, and pose serious conflicts over land, as well as inhumane working conditions.

- The bioeconomy also absorbs the resources needed for more environmentally friendly technologies, such as wind and solar energy.

Letter

To: Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, United States of America, Philippines, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Paraguay, United Kingdom, Sweden

Reject the Biofuture Platform and demand real solutions such as lower consumption of raw materials, protection of ecosystems and sustainable agriculture.

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Sign the petition of more than 120 environmental organizations around the world.

Video: A Circular Economy in the Netherlands (October 2020).