Environmentalists Slam South Africa's Biofuels Strategy

They say to grow food crops to fuel cars, without taking steps to reduce carbon emissions by enforcing fuel efficiency of vehicles, is immoral.

Published: 11-Jan-2007

South Africa's proposed biofuels industry, which the government sees as a means of reducing climate-changing carbon emissions from South Africa's motor vehicles, will raise more problems than it will solve, say environmentalists.

They say to grow food crops to fuel cars, without taking steps to reduce carbon emissions by enforcing fuel efficiency of vehicles, is immoral.

They were reacting to the recent cabinet approval of a draft biofuels strategy which will make it mandatory to include 4,5 percent of biofuels in transport fuel by 2013.

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