EU Commission: Biodiverse Grassland, Biofuels and Bioliquids
(2009)
JNCC Consultation 0959
Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Enclosed is JNCC's response to a consultation from the EU Commission on Biodiverse Grassland, Biofuels and Bioliquids. Submitted on 8th February 2010.
 
 

Summary of key points

 
A recent JNCC report http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-4209 notes that the current UK biofuels land use footprint falls primarily within temperate grassland biomes in both the northern and southern hemisphere. It also estimates that UK consumption of transport biofuels could increase six-fold by 2020 in order to meet the Directive’s 10% target, which would create a potential global land use requirement of between 4-8 million hectares. This highlights that robust scientific methodologies, applicable globally, must be developed to establish the criteria and geographical ranges of highly biodiverse grasslands in order to ensure their protection.
 
 
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Please cite as: JNCC Consultation 0959, (2009), EU Commission: Biodiverse Grassland, Biofuels and Bioliquids, Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee