G8 and biofuels

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Biofuels have been addressed by the Group of Eight (G8) leaders starting in 2007.

2008 G8 Summit

The 2008 G8 Summit, held 7-9 July 2008 at Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan, occurred at a time when biofuels had become a global controversy, especially due to their alleged contribution to increased food prices.

2007 G8 Summit

Biofuels and bioenergy were mentioned in the declaration released by the G8 leaders at the 2007 G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, on 7 June 2007.

In the section on transportation, the declaration emphasized:

The following is the relevant excerpt from the official Summit Declaration, "Growth and Responsibility in the World Economy":

2007 Summit Declaration Excerpt

(Paragraph 68.) Today there are 600 million motor vehicles around the globe, a figure which is projected to double by 2020. With this in mind, we will

  • work to increase energy efficiency in the transport sector. To this end we will ask our governments to foster a large number of possible measures and various instruments that can clearly reduce energy demand and CO2 emissions in the transport sector, including inter alia innovative engine concepts, alternative fuels, city planning measures, public transport, best possible inter-linkage of transport methods, increase the share of alternative fuels and energy carriers (biofuels, hydrogen, LPG/CNG, electricity, hybrid, etc.) in total fuel consumption; fuel diversification, for example synthetic and cellulosic biofuels and CO2-free hydrogen, particularly in combination with the fuel cell, will be decisive in reducing transport CO2 emissions, provided that second generation biofuel technologies become commercially available,
  • step up coordination on development of international biofuel quality standards from various feedstocks to achieve optimal interoperability and emission profiles,
  • avoid possible negative side-effects in biofuel development, particularly in developing countries in order to prevent competition between different forms of land uses, and promote sustainability in biomass cultivation. We invite the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) to continue its work on biofuel best practices and take forward the successful and sustainable development of bioenergy,
  • monitor the implementation of the necessary measures and discuss progress at two-year intervals during the Environmentally Friendly Vehicles Conference the results of which shall be reported to G8-leaders,
  • introduce energy efficiency labels for new cars along the lines of those already on some white goods.
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