agriculture biofuel Articles

  • Biofuel, agriculture crops, CDM and food security

    Despite the abrupt emergence of biofuels, little is known about how they will affect human wellbeing – especially the welfare of the most vulnerable groups, such as the poor populations. In order to understand the pathways of impact through which biofuels ultimately affects human well-being, a well-framed and theoretically-consistent quantitative framework is needed, which accounts for both ...


  • Biofuels for transport

    Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Energy and Agriculture published by Worldwatch Institute brings out every aspect in its entirety on one of the most important topics widely discussed all over the world: biofuels. The IPCC report on Climate change and several expositions concurring its findings as the Stern review, led to an outbreak of searching ...

  • Biofuels and EU's choices

    In the European Union, growing attention to biofuels is directly linked to the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and lies therefore in the more general scope of actions to combat climate change. More specifically, in order to cut emissions from transport, the EU has chosen to opt decidedly for first generation biofuels, expecting them to make up 10% of fuels on the market by 2020. Amongst ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Algal biofuels are no energy panacea

    Algal biofuels, like crops, demand land, water, fertilisers, pesticides and inputs that are costly for India, says Hoysall Chanakya Of late, there is heady euphoria over 'green' algal biofuels that are dangled as a panacea for developing countries such as India. While it is true that algal biofuels ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Converting plant waste into biofuels

    Promising advances using yeast and fungi. Written by Nancy W. Stauffer. You can read the original story in MIT News MIT researchers are genetically engineering yeast to break down stubborn plant fibers into sugars that it can then ferment — a first ...

  • Biofuels not as green as they sound

    Untitled Document EEB Position Paper on the Draft Directive on the promotion of the use of biofuels for transport and the Draft Directive amending Directive 92/81/EEC with regard ...

  • Europe’s quest for the best of biofuels

    EU leaders are pushing ahead with ambitious biofuel targets and trying to answer critics of the industry by attaching environmental and social safeguards. Years of work remain putting a proper framework into practice. Meanwhile, biodiesel production is ballooning in Europe’s agricultural heartland. Progress was slow at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Sao Paolo, Brazil, as more than 40 experts from the ...

  • Opportunities for biofuel sustainable development in Bulgaria

    The introduction of Directive 2003/30 EC of the European Union (EU) on biofuels had the ambitious goal to both reduce greenhouse gas emission (GHG) and create new jobs in rural areas. The challenge lies in the availability of premises to convert biomass in energy, which depends on the availability of land. Thus an opportunity has been created on the EU market for biofuels, offering to each Member ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Mulch producers tune into biofuel boom

    The biofuels boom, spurred by government pursuit of energy independence, is a key factor in a congressional movement on alterative energy. Already the government is spending millions on biofuel research and development, and federal law is in place to increase usage of forest and timber resources for biofuel. In their 2005 “Billion Ton Report,” the US Department of Energy (DOE) and ...

  • Biofuels: a greener answer to energy needs?

    Biofuels were heralded as a greener solution to growing energy needs, however they have recently come under fire for being environmentally unfriendly and contributing to a world food crisis. On the 15th April, the UK government brought into effect the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). The RTFO stated that 2.5 per cent of fuel sold in the UK must consist of biofuel, due to rise to five ...


  • Piedmont Biofuels Spawns Ecoindustrial Park

    DRIVE to the end of Lorax Lane in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and you will discover a slice of the future of America. In one location, you can find - among other things -a biofuels station, a sustainable farm, a hydroponic greenhouse, a vermicomposting operation, an organic food distributor, a natural bug repellant manufacturer and a bookkeeper. And it all started with Piedmont Biofuels Industrial ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • EU restricts use of first generation biofuels to promote advanced biofuels

    On April 14, 2015, Members of the European Parliament and certain ministers agreed to limit how biofuels derived from agricultural crops would be accounted for in the European Union's (EU) goal to increase the use of renewable energy. The new law caps the use of ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The viability of the South African biofuels industrial strategy

    South Africa aims to replace 2% of its total liquid transportation fuels in the short term through a newly introduced biofuels industrial strategy. It is envisaged that this target is achievable without excessive economic support by utilising surplus agricultural capacity. The target is based on local production, both agricultural and manufacturing, to provide the benefits of employment, economic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biofuel Promotion for Environmentally Sustainable Energy and Water Services

    The success of power sector reform in India will rely in part on groundwater management improvements in the agricultural sector. Unreliable power supply and subsidized tariff structures lead to excessive water pumping by farmers who tend to pump water based on the power supply made available to them. Over-pumping contributes to higher energy consumption and rapid depletion of the groundwater ...

  • Plants at the pump: Reviewing biofuels` impacts and policy recommendations

    As biofuels become a larger part of the social, economic, and environmental strategies of countries around the world, standards and regulations are needed to ensure that biofuels do in fact reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promote sustainable development. In a world of rapidly rising GHG emissions and growing unease about imported oil, the appeal of renewable fuels is growing apace. ...

  • Economic evaluation and environmental benefits of biofuel: an Indian perspective

    Biomass based fuel technologies are rapidly developing and the barriers in implementing such technologies are being identified to achieve their widespread commercialisation. The two most common biofuels are biodiesel and bioethanol. About 500 million litres of ethanol is required in India itself for 10% blending to gasoline. Indian Planning Commission sees tremendous potential in Jatropha curcus ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Situation analysis on the biofuels industry case study

    Camco conducted a study supported by WWF-Tanzania Programme Office aimed at analysing the impact of the biofuels industry, globally and with particular emphasis in Tanzania. The study examined the industry's existing and potential strengths, weakness and opportunities, as well as the threats it poses to the environment, biodiversity conservation, the agricultural economy and local communities. ...


    By Camco Clean Energy Company

  • Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions

    Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Illinois and collaborators published their findings in the inaugural edition of the journal Nature Energy. The researchers call it ...


    By University of Illinois

  • EPA approves Argentina’s biofuels for RFS program

    On January 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the importation of biodiesel made from soybeans from Argentinian biofuel producers as qualifying for U.S. biofuel credits under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

    The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. They have no other choice. As people in countries such as China, India and Indonesia get wealthier they are increasingly turning to air travel for vacation or ...


    By Associated Press

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