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Brussels, 12 March 2013, PANGEA (Partners for Euro-African Green Energy) is launching today a booklet outlining Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa. The brochure is intended to demystify the manipulated data and misinformation that is often used to describe bioenergy in sub-Saharan Africa.

The publication presents real facts about bioenergy in sub-Saharan Africa while demystifying the wrong assumptions that are often claimed against this sector. PANGEA maintains an objective approach and wants to make sure the real benefits of bioenergy in Africa are highlighted as well as the real causes of failed projects.

In the Myths and Facts, numbers show that actual biofuels production in Africa is so small that it is unfair to blame the whole sector for food insecurity and land grabbing. Data in the brochure, for example, demonstrates that only 0,05% of global biofuels are produced on the continent while just 2% of European imports of denatured ethanol from 2009 to 2011 came from sub-Saharan Africa.

“The facts laid out in this new brochure are aimed at showing the truth about bioenergy in Africa, rather than the lies and manipulated data promoted by anti-biofuels groups in an attempt to destroy biofuels in Europe, Africa and around the world,” said PANGEA’s Secretary General Meghan Sapp at the launch of the brochure.

“African communities have the opportunity to at last develop sustainably through the use of bioenergy that when done well can increase food security, improve rural incomes, reduce deforestation, create new jobs and so much more. But constantly bashing bioenergy rather than making sure it is produced sustainably just introduces doubt and fear into would-be investors and project developers. It is absolutely irresponsible of organisations who claim to promote economic development yet try to smear one of the few real opportunities to achieve the kind of results needed by these communities.”

The document also highlights how women can benefit from sustainable biofuels, both in rural and in urban areas and how land grabbing is not a result of demand for biofuels but is actually due to weak land tenure systems in African countries along with topics related to water use, and biodiversity.

You will find this and much more in PANGEA’s brochure on Myths and Facts about African Bioenergy, available on our website at this linkand at our booth at #WBM2013 in Rotterdam.

Note to Editors:

PANGEA promotes sustainable African bioenergy investment, policies and production. Part NGO, part Think-tank, part Trade Association, we act as a unified voice for our diverse membership of European and African bioenergy companies, and we are at the fore-front of the evolving industry of the future for a continent too long ignored but with too much potential to be absent from the developing global bio-economy. PANGEA closely works with the African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) Group of States and regional/national governments in Africa to develop their biofuels strategies and facilitating their relations with the EU. Since 2011, PANGEA has been a Champion of the GACC (Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves) and members of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA). PANGEA is partnering with both Bonsucro and RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels) to ensure biofuels production is carried out in a sustainable way.www.pangealink.org

For more information, please contact: Annalisa Volse, PANGEA,annalisa@pangealink.org For the word version of the press release, please click here.