Environment

As the jungle for diesel dies German owners of gasoline-powered vehicles often squint with envy at always lower diesel prices. But the supposedly cheaper fuel is expensive for the environment, as Greenpeace found out. The vehicle Portal auto.de tells why the jungle must die for the German diesel. Beginning of 2009, seven percent diesel from renewable raw materials must be mixed with conventional diesel circa. This should cause that would reduce the CO 2 emissions in road transport.

A contribution to the protection of the environment so, for the benefit of nature and in the fight against harmful substances. The reality is however different. The rapeseed grown in Germany and the bio-diesel it gained only a mixing ratio of five percent can cover. This is one of the reasons why fuel made from Palm oil and soybean oil is used instead. Research of environmentalists from Greenpeace has shown that total around 130 000 tonnes of palm oil and 250 000 tonnes of soybean oil at German filling stations be fueled.

The fuel in question comes mostly from Southeast Asia and South America, where especially in Argentina and Indonesia for the production of biodiesel, huge areas of forest are destroyed to build the necessary raw materials. Consequently, the rainforest dies to make room for the diesel. Greenpeace calls so the rectification of the German legislation, because the existing regulation of sustainability for bio-fuel is too weak.

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