UPDATE 8 Feb 2023 – The government has cancelled the NZ Biofuels Obligation – WE WON!
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Campaign info and resources
We are a group of New Zealanders who oppose the proposed biofuels obligation which the government plans to use to put biofuels in cars, trucks, trains and ships in Aotearoa NZ. Our opposition comes from overwhelming evidence that:
– similar biofuel directives around the world have caused massive net increases in greenhouse gas emissions compared to using regular fuel,
– growing the feedstocks for biofuel drives tropical deforestation, destroying biodiversity, increasing emissions and depriving indigenous people of their land and livelihoods,
– it drives up food prices, as biofuels are derived from food crops. Food price increases cause material hardship for the most vulnerable people around the world.
– Non-food ‘second generation’ biofuels, or those derived from waste are not available in the necessary volumes, or at all. Introducing a biofuels obligation will not change this.
As well as all this, introducing a biofuel directive will use up scarce resources and time that are needed for meaningful climate action.
We are calling on the government to drop its plans for its biofuels obligation and concentrate its efforts to address transport and energy emissions using methods that are proven to work, such as renewable energy, electrification, increased public and active transport, rail freight and coastal shipping and demand reduction policies.
Low Carbon Kāpiti supports this campaign and hosts its resources and blogs.
Make a submission on the Sustainable Biofuels Obligation bill (deadline 12 January 2023)
Sustainable Biofuels Obligation Bill text on NZ Parliament website
Wishing for fairy dust: Why the NZ Biofuels Obligation is the worst kind of magical thinking – blog by Jake Roos
Biofuels in NZ – A solution or a problem? – blog by David Keat on Greater Auckland
Frequently asked questions about the NZ Biofuels Obligation and our campaign
About us and the Don’t Burn Our Future campaign – Greenpeace guest blog
Jake Roos and David Keat of Don’t Burn Our Future speak to Kathryn Ryan on RNZ Nine to Noon, 15 Aug 2022
Can We Use Wood to Decarbonize New Zealand Transport… or Not? – blog by Don’t Burn Our Future
NZ has announced a biofuel mandate to cut transport emissions, but that could be the worst option for the climate – By Paul Callister and Robert McLachlan for The Conversation