The reality behind Brazilian biofuels in New Zealand
Bio-fuels from Brazil
(ethanol) are being imported to petrol stations in New Zealand, especially around the Wellington region, touted as a sustainable, carbon friendly and cheap alternative to fossil fuels. What regions are they coming from in Brazil and what are the social and environmental conditions surrounding their production? It seems no one, not even the Green Party which supports these imports as being from sustainable sources in Brazil, knows where our imported bio-fuels are produced, nor under what conditions.
To help answer these questions The Pacific Institute of Resource Management (PIRM), a Wellington based NGO established in 1984, has arranged for Padre Tiago Thorlby to travel from Brazil to Wellington to tell of his experiences.
Check out the PIRM websites: