Brits have 'no idea' about biofuels in petrol
A new study has showed that nine out of ten Brits have no idea that biofuels have now been added to petrol.
A YouGov survey of over 2,000 adults, commissioned by Friends of the Earth (FoE), found that 89 per cent of people were unaware of the new renewable transport fuels obligation.
The obligation has been brought in to meet EU regulations, which means all petrol sold in the UK must have at least 2.5 per cent biofuels as of April 15th.
Environmental groups claim biofuels increase greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the destruction of forests as more land is converted to agriculture to grow the crops needed for biofuels.
Kenneth Richter, FoE campaigner, said: "Most people will be horrified to know the government is putting biofuels in our petrol when the damage they do to forests could make climate change worse. It's time for a new direction in transport policy."
The European Environment Agency has called for the EU to suspend it biofuels targets until a more comprehensive scientific study on their environmental risks has been carried out.
Article Date: 14 April 2008
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