1283: Biofuels: ethical issues

This paper is taken from ‘Biofuels: ethical issues’ published by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Year of Publication2011

Ethical principles: biofuels development should not be at the expense of people’s essential rights including food and water, health, work and land, they should be environmentally sustainable, should contribute to a net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, should develop in accordance with fair trade principles and recognise the rights of people to just reward (including labour rights and intellectual property rights), costs and benefits of biofuels should be distributed in an equitable way. If the first five Principles are respected there is a duty to develop biofuels.

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