How "green" are biofuels really?
Of all the renewable energies, biomass is unique as it is stored solar energy. If managed and used correctly, it can be carbon-neutral.
But, bioenergy production can also have significant negative environmental and social impacts.
To grow the crops used to make biofuels, swathes of forests and other valuable ecosystems are often cleared – contributing to climate change, ruining people’s homes and livelihoods and destroying endangered species’ habitats.
||Amount of energy consumed globally that is provided by bioenergy, mostly consumed in developing countries.
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We support bioenergy production that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
By improving the way global commodities such as palm oil, soy and sugarcane used for biofuels are produced, we can reduce our global environmental footprint and significantly drive up markets that offer responsible products, goods and services.
The most comprehensive and ambitious of the recognized schemes is the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a multistakeholder organisation of which WWF is a member.
The RSB’s principles and criteria include avoiding negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 50%, maintaining water resources, improving food security, and contributing to social and economic development.
2015: 15% of global bioenergy prodcution meets WWF requirements as defined in RSB, Bonsucro, RTRS, RSPO and FSC
of global biofuels are third-party certified, sustainably produced by standards set by RSB, RSPO, RTRS and Bonsucro (August 2013)
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