Europe burns more than 17,000 tonnes of rapeseed and sunflower oil in cars every day, which equates to 19 million bottles, according to a new study by the European Federation for Transport and the Environment (T&E).

“This contributed to rising food prices as well as empty supermarket shelves after the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” the NGO network said, calling on governments to prioritize food over fuel and stop using crop-derived biofuels.

Ukraine accounts for 40% of the world’s sunflower oil exports, and the country is also Europe’s largest supplier of rapeseed oil. Due to the decrease in the export of crops from Ukraine after the start of the war, supply problems arose, and prices are up to two and a half times higher than in previous years.

The situation is further aggravated by the use of vegetable oil as biofuel. Of the total world production of vegetable oil, 18% goes to biodiesel, and almost all of it is suitable for human consumption.

Cars and trucks account for 58% of rapeseed oil and 9% of sunflower oil consumed in Europe.

Significant amounts of palm oil (50%) and soybean oil (32%) consumed in Europe are also used for cars and trucks.

“Supermarkets were forced to rationalize vegetable oils, and prices are jumping. At the same time, we burn thousands of tons of sunflower oil and canola oil in our cars every day. In times of scarcity, we must prioritize food over fuel,” said Mike Marahrens it T&E.

He added that European governments have used “green” fuel laws to artificially increase demand for crop biofuels and therefore have the tools at their disposal to stop it.

Marahrens called on policymakers to immediately stop supporting the use of biofuel crops to help avoid a growing global food disaster.

“Food price inflation is pushing millions of people around the world into poverty. This has been exacerbated in recent weeks when governments around the world have imposed export restrictions on key food crops, including oils,” the statement said.

T&E estimates that at the upcoming summit of the leaders of the Group of Seven industrially most developed countries, from June 26 to 28 in Germany, where global food security will be discussed, there will be disputes among some European countries, which are in favor of some kind of restriction on biofuels. and the USA, which is in favor of increasing the production of biofuels.

E2 portal (Euractiv)

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