Last summer Volvo Senior vice president of Environmental and Public Affairs, Jan-Eric Sundgren and I wrote an article in the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. It was titled Weed-out the “environmental” fuels.
In short, we brought attention to the fact that some environmental fuels have been questionable from an environmental standpoint. The bus customers will not risk buying buses that does not bring true sustainability.
We need long term political commitments that offer environmental benefits as well as competitive bus business for truly sustainable fuels. The details of the manufacturing methods and their integration e.g. by energy conservation or other useful activities, such as food production, makes the difference.
Yesterday, EU Commissioner Stavros Dimas gave the response to our pledge:
“We have seen that the environmental problems caused by biofuels and also the social problems are bigger than we thought they were. So we have to move very carefully,” EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas told the BBC Monday.
“We have to have criteria for sustainability, including social and environmental issues, because there are some benefits from biofuels,” he said.
“What we are going to propose are strict conditions that biofuels used in the European market are produced in a sustainable way,” Commission spokesman Ferran Tarradellas told journalists.
The details of the proposal will be presented the of 23rd of January.
I’m looking forward to read the proposal…