T&E says EU-Mercosur deal to see EU imports of soy for biodiesel jump

July 15, 2019 |

In Belgium, Transport & Environment says that the new EU-Mercosur trade deal, in addition to opening up for market for Brazilian ethanol, also reduces or eliminates duties that Mercosur currently imposes on exports of soybean products to the EU. This could make soy a more attractive feedstock for biodiesel producers in Europe. The climate impact of biodiesel from soy is two times that of fossil diesel, according to the European Commission’s own research. This is due to its expansion directly driving deforestation, but also its indirect emissions by displacing other land uses, such as food crops, T&E said.

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