Two-thirds of palm oil consumed in the EU is burned as energy

Last year 53 per cent of all the palm oil imported into the EU was used to make biodiesel for cars and trucks and 12 per cent to generate electricity and heating.

Findings from Oilworld released by Transport & Environment (T&E) show that overall the EU used over 4m tonnes of crude palm oil to make biodiesel in European biorefineries in 2018. But the bloc imported an additional 1.2m tonnes of palm oil biodiesel refined outside the EU.

The recent decision by the EU to label the use of palm oil for energy as unsustainable means that it is set to phase it out its use by 2030.

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