Thursday, May 16, 2013

Refueling Biofuel Legislation

Refueling Biofuel Legislation: Incorporating Social Sustainability Principles to Protect Land Rights, comment [pdf] by Jamie Konopacky at the Wisconsin International Law Journal

Both the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) recently enacted legislation mandating an increase in biofuel production. Both pieces of legislation address environmental sustainability in biofuel production by mandating the use of advanced biofuels, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions below levels associated with traditional fuels. However, neither piece of legislation adequately addresses the social implications of increased biofuel production. Concern for environmental sustainability alone is insufficient. Both the EU and the United States should adopt functional social sustainability principles into their legislation to protect the social and cultural land use rights of local communities affected by biofuel production.