How WWF is promoting sustainable biofuels

WWF supports 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.


 

To achieve this, WWF is working with governments and the private sector in bioenergy producing and consuming countries to: 
  • Change policies and promote the inclusion of sustainability criteria in bioenergy legislation;
  • Promoting standards and Better Management Practices (BMP´s) by supporting Multistakeholder Roundtables and Dialogues;
  • Helping financial institutions and investors to develop sustainable investments screens that include environmental and social criteria for bioenergy.
WWF's work is based on the latest scientific evidence and field projects to demonstrate production impacts and how good practices can maximize benefits for the environment and livelihoods.

WWF Targets

2015: 15% of global bioenergy prodcution meets WWF requirements as defined in RSB, Bonsucro, RTRS, RSPO and FSC

Progress

<3% of global biofuels are third-party certified sustainably produced by standards set by RSB, RSPO, RTRS and Bonsucro (August 2013)
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CASE STUDY: Guiding sustainable biofuels development, Kenya

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The text on this page is an excerpt from the WWF Publication Better Production for a Living Planet (2012).
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On the face of it, a project to supply renewable energy that could bring rural jobs and much needed economic growth in a developing country sounds like just the sort of project WWF would support.
But when large-scale biofuel plantations were proposed near the Kenyan coast, WWF joined other conservation and human rights NGOs, led by Nature Kenya, in campaigning against them.

The proposals would have seen thousands of hectares of forests, woodlands and wetlands converted to monoculture plantations of jatropha, a shrubby tree whose oily seeds can be used to make biodiesel. There were social and economic issues as well as environmental ones.
The RSB seeks to raise awareness as to which biofuels are suitable for exploitation for energy ... / ©: Michèle Dépraz / WWF CANON
Agricultural fields at the foot of the Jura. In the foreground field of Chinese silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis) which is grown as a biomass product. The production of biomass for energetic use is a good possibility to solve agricultural, environmental and regional political problems. Etoy, La Côte, Switzerland
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