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Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU: report

Its use in EU jumped six-fold from 2010 to 2015, accounting for a 34% rise in biodiesel consumption

Palm oil causes three times more greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy than diesel fuel, according to a recent analysis. The biofuel also competes for ever-scarcer land needed to grow food.


PALM oil produced on tropical plantations that drive deforestation has become a major biofuel for vehicles in the European Union, industry figures released on Tuesday by an environmental group revealed.

In 2014, nearly half of the palm oil used in Europe wound up in the gas