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Submission on the Biofuel Bill 2008

Summary

  • In general, Caritas supports the government’s intention to seek alternative sources of energy to our current dependence on fossil fuels.
  • However, despite some protection to forests and food production being provided in Clause 34G, we believe there is still insufficient legislative protection, in the light of the demand that will be created by the mandatory requirements for biofuel supply.
  • Serious consideration needs to be given to limiting biofuel requirements to New Zealand sources only, which would reduce the environmental and social impacts of production in developing countries, and increase our self-sufficiency in fuel supply.

See also the 2009 submission on the biofuels.

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