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Asia needs to face up to the downsides of biofuels

Blending mandates distort food markets and can have environmental side effects

| Southeast Asia
A laboratory technician works on biodiesel 40% (B40) in Jakarta in August 2020: Biofuels are getting a renewed push.   © Reuters

Vandana Hari is founder of Vanda Insights, a Singapore-based global energy market intelligence provider.

Increasingly ambitious mandates on the use of biofuels by Asian governments eager to accelerate the transition to cleaner energy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels are posing a growing risk of unintended, irreversible consequences.

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