biofuel policy Articles

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Avoided global warming emissions with the adoption of biofuel policies in Spain

    The objective of this study is to assess the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the production and use of biofuels in Spain considering different crop production alternatives, including the possible import of raw materials. Avoided GHG emissions due to the substitution of conventional transport fuels with biofuels are then quantified. The studied biofuels are bioethanol from cereal crops and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • US and international policies affecting liquid biofuels' expansion and profitability

    US and International Policies Affecting Liquid Biofuels' Expansion and Profitability. Biofuel expansion and profitability is driven by more than just biofuel policy. While direct policies such as subsidies and mandates are analysed, issues such as exchange rates, the blending wall, land use, and indirect greenhouse gas impacts, as well as petroleum prices, greatly affect biofuels' expansion and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • Commercialising Aviation Biofuels

    Aviation currently produces 2 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. To tackle this issue the industry has set itself a target to cut emissions by 50 per cent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. The production and use of sustainable quantities of aviation biofuels is key to meeting industry's ambitious carbon reduction targets and British Airways (BA) wants to pioneer the move towards ...


    By NNFCC

  • 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

  • Biofuels and carbon footprint

    Europe’s use of biofuels to fuel its vehicles risks driving land grabs and deforestation, increasing food prices, exacerbating poverty and hunger, and accelerating climate change. We are seriously concerned that the Commission has not yet taken action to ensure that Europe’s green transport policy discourages those biofuels that cause higher greenhouse gas emissions than fossil ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • Biofuels Digest Series On TSCA And The Bioeconomy

    Biofuels Digest is running a "Thought Leadership" series of articles highlighting some of the ways the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to biobased products. The articles, written by Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) Senior Policy Advisor and former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Chemistry program, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., ...

  • A Canadian perspective on the future of biofuels and bioenergy

    Concerns about grain-based biofuels include their “impact on food prices and availability,” said David B. Layzell, and that their capacity to contribute to liquid fuels is inadequate. He said there are three main drivers for bioenergy: the rural economy, climate change, and energy security. In March 2008, the Government of Canada stated that its driver is the rural economy. “I think this is ...

  • State and federal subsidies to biofuels: magnitude and options for redirection

    Hundreds of government subsidies have fuelled the growth of ethanol and biodiesel in the USA, worth half or more their retail price. Cumulative costs under some mandate proposals exceed $1 trillion by 2030. Even using favourable assumptions, reduced greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels are far more expensive than other options: more than $100/mt CO2e even for cellulosic ethanol and nearly ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The impacts of Europe’s biofuel plans on carbon emissions and land

    A new study analyses the likely impacts on land use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of biofuel use by 2020, as projected in recently published National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) in 23 EU member states. The analysis includes evidence on size and impacts of ‘indirect land use change’ (ILUC) resulting from biofuel use. It is the most comprehensive study to date to ...

  • 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

  • American Biogas Council Policy Update

    ABC staff and members met with White House staff, legislators and federal agency officials during a recent fly-in to Washington, D.C. The American Biogas Council is celebrating its fifth year as the association for the anaerobic digestion and biogas industries. The Council, with over 200 members and 8,000 stakeholders, is very active in legislative activities at both the federal and state ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 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

  • Sowing the seeds of smarter transport policy

    Did we miss something? Last year, the European Commission didn’t propose a single new legislative measure to clean up transport. To be fair, it has been spending most of its time worrying about the future of the Eurozone. As a result, for T&E this was the sort of year where seeds for smarter transport policy were sown. We’re optimistic that next year could bring a decent crop of ...

  • Part 3 of biofuels digest series on TSCA and the bioeconomy

    Part 3 of Biofuels Digest's "Thought Leadership" series highlighting some of the ways the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to biobased products was published May 18, 2015. Summaries of the first two "TSCA and the Bioeconomy" articles, written by Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) Senior Policy Advisor and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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