The use of bioethanol and biodiesel in motor vehicles is a misguided attempt to save the climate. The ugly reality is that "green" fuels are destroying rainforests, accelerating climate change and condemning millions to poverty and hunger.

Habitat destruction, land grabs, civil strife and rising food prices are the unintended consequences of bioethanol and biodiesel — the supposedly sustainable fuels of the future.

In most developed countries, production costs are high and arable land is scarce, so vast quantities of soy and palm oils and bioethanol are being imported from overseas to be used as an additive to fossil fuels. Skyrocketing demand is destroying delicate ecosystems as rainforest land is slashed and burned to make room for oil palm, soy and sugar cane monocultures. This deforestation is accelerating climate change by releasing billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere — by some estimates, deforestation has a greater impact on the climate than the world’s entire fleet of motor vehicles. Moreover, arable land is scarce, and its use for fuel crops is contributing to rising food prices and world hunger.

Rainforest Rescue’s mission is to raise awareness of these issues and call on governments to abandon their ill-considered biofuel policies.

Biofuels are anything but environmentally friendly.

Related action alerts

Your signature can make a real difference. Our petitions expose destructive projects and name the perpetrators. Together we can have an even greater impact!

Bioenergy collage © + - Collage RdR

91,691 supporters

Tell the EU to protect forests, not burn them for energy!

Logging and burning forests is bad for the climate, bad for human health, and terrible for the plants and animals that call forests home. Yet every year, the EU becomes more dependent on burning wood to meet its renewable energy targets, while consumers are forced to hand over billions in subsidies to this false climate solution.

More information

To: Executive Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, and governments of EU Member States

“Stop giving billions in EU subsidies to burning wood to generate power. Burning wood is a false climate solution that must not be counted as renewable energy.”

Read letter