--- On Mon, 26/9/11, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Email to Philip Clarke
Date: Monday, 26 September, 2011, 9:07
Dear Mr Lister
Thank you for your email addressed to Philip Clarke, our Chief Executive Officer. I have been asked to respond on his behalf. Please accept my apologies for the delay in doing so.
I can see that you also sent your email to Hannah Clare, our former Climate Change Manager, and know a copy was then received by Andrew Yeo. Andrew is best placed to comment and will reply to you directly.
Thank you for taking the time to bring your comments to attention of our Chief Executive.
Customer Service Executive
.................. Original Message ..................
Dear Philip, Hannah, I am currently preparing a submission for the government's consultation on sustainable aviation, see http://www2.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/2011-09/. The submission that we make will be prepared with young people will therefore will represent those with the greatest stake in the global warming debate.
A key piece of the current aviation strategy is that aviation can become green and sustainable through extensive use of biofuels.
However, this a very ill considered position which will have devastating implications for the environment and for food supplies. It will have direct implications for Tesco's ability to supply food to the population of this country and other other countries.
Large scale biofuel production will require huge land grabs and will adversely impact food production, at a time when meeting world food demand is becoming more difficult due to rising population, climate change and peak oil. To achieve the goals of the aviation industry, an area the size of Europe would be needed.
In short the issues and implications are:
- As food prices rise due to biofuel, the increasing number of people at subsistence levels in this country and abroad will be forced into total poverty leading to large scale social unrest and economic collapse.
- Biofuel will lead to rapid and substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions due to the amount of land that has to be cleared and the subsequent loss of carbon sequestration
- All of these issues were predicted in the report that I prepared for Tesco in 2008 and all of these are now coming to pass.
In these dire circumstances we would appreciate a statement from Tesco, as a major food retailer condemning the ill considered support that this government and others are giving the aviation industry to pursue biofuels which we can then incorporate into our submission.
Regards, Kevin Lister