Group of 96 NGOs write to ICAO condemning biofuels for aviation plans

October 10, 2017 |

In Belgium, environmental and development organizations from five continents have written to the UN’s aviation agency (ICAO) condemning a proposal for large-scale use of biofuels in planes.

The letter signed by 96 groups states that using biofuels on a vast scale will inevitably lead to further palm oil expansion, which will cause more deforestation, increasing climate-changing emissions, and more land grabbing and land and human rights abuses. The proposals will be discussed this week by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) at its Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels in Mexico City.

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