Boris Johnson hits the brakes on biofuel as he slashes net-zero targets to tackle cost of living


Boris Johnson hits the brakes on biofuel as he slashes net-zero targets to tackle cost of living crisis

  • Boris Johnson slashed net-zero targets in a bid to tackle the cost of living crisis
  • The Prime Minister has done it by reducing the amount of biofuel produced in UK
  • Biofuel requires wheat and maize – land that Mr Johnson believes could be better used for food production to combat soaring prices 

Boris Johnson has slashed his net-zero targets in a bid to tackle the cost of living crunch – by reducing the amount of biofuel produced in the UK.

The Prime Minister has hit the brakes in the push for green fuel, citing concerns that the drive may contribute to spiralling inflation.

Biofuel requires wheat and maize – land that Mr Johnson believes could be better used for food production to combat soaring prices. Land used globally to grow crops for the UK biofuel market could feed 3.5 million people if it was converted to food production.

Boris Johnson has slashed his net-zero targets in a bid to tackle the cost of living crunch ¿ by reducing the amount of biofuel produced in the UK

Boris Johnson has slashed his net-zero targets in a bid to tackle the cost of living crunch – by reducing the amount of biofuel produced in the UK

Mr Johnson said: ¿While Vladimir Putin continues his futile and unprovoked war in Ukraine and cravenly blockades millions of tonnes of grain, the world¿s poorest people are inching closer to starvation. Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a virtual format at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum via videoconference in Moscow

Mr Johnson said: ‘While Vladimir Putin continues his futile and unprovoked war in Ukraine and cravenly blockades millions of tonnes of grain, the world’s poorest people are inching closer to starvation. Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a virtual format at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum via videoconference in Moscow

The PM will call on G7 leaders to review their biofuel use, arguing that it could help mitigate the global food crisis and supply chain issues exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Johnson said: ‘While Vladimir Putin continues his futile and unprovoked war in Ukraine and cravenly blockades millions of tonnes of grain, the world’s poorest people are inching closer to starvation.

He added: ‘From emergency food aid to reviewing our own biofuel use, the UK is playing its part to address this pernicious global crisis.’

The push for green fuel was one of the key pillars of the government’s net zero ambitions but now it is set to push for the amount of biofuel used globally to be cut by 10 per cent at Sunday’s G7 summit.

Government sources have stressed that the primary purpose of the Prime Minister’s review is to ensure people in poor countries have access to grain.

Britain sources more than 20 per cent of the ethanol used to create its biofuel from Ukraine. Land used globally to grow crops for the UK biofuel market could feed 3.5 million people if it was converted to food. 

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