biofuel sustainability Articles

  • Sustainable biofuels: prospects and challenges

    Sustainable biofuels, prospects and challenges Our climate is changing and there is now scientific, social and political recognition that this is very likely a consequence of increasing anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Transport now accounts for about 20% of global anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and 25% of emissions in the United Kingdom (UK), and these figures are growing ...


    By Royal Society

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Sustainable biofuels technically near take-off

    Boeing says it has proven the ‘technical viability’ of biofuels for use in commercial aircraft. Now the company wants to ‘accelerate’ the process of making biofuels available on a commercial scale. After four test flights by four major airlines – carrying engines of the four major manufacturers – the facts are clear to Bill Glover, Boeing’s commercial planes’ managing director of environmental ...

  • Plants at the Pump - Biofuels, Climate Change, and Sustainability

    There is no shortage of options and suggestions for how to address climate change. The more difficult task is determining which solutions, or mix of solutions, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the scale of what is needed to avoid disastrous climate change impacts. In the face of rapidly developing economies, population growth, and rising energy demand, it is clear that technology ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • The roles of national quality infrastructure toward the sustainable production of biofuels in Africa

    The production of biofuels is increasingly regarded as an opportunity for African countries to attain various development goals. Yet, there are risks associated with it, namely concerning food security, emissions of GHG, and the sustainability of eco–systems. Addressing these requires an innovation policy that promotes an adjustment of practices to local social and environmental conditions. In ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Models for evaluating energy, environmental and sustainability performance of biofuels value chain

    Sustainable production of biofuels requires lots of feedstocks, developing robust technologies and industrial ecology-oriented biorefineries under the overarching principles of sustainability. Majority of existing methods for impacts analysis of biofuels have not considered the triple dimensions of sustainability. A critical challenge for any chain of biofuel traders is to develop and implement ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Alternative fuels and sustainable mobility: is the future road paved by biofuels, electricity or hydrogen?

    This paper compares 16 alternative energy chains in a Well-to-Wheel analysis including three indicators: energy use, emissions of climate gases and emissions of local/regional pollutants. The analysis includes a private car which uses natural gas, biological fuels, electricity and hydrogen, respectively. The analysis shows that an alternative which scores favourably on one indicator often scores ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Understanding sustainable biofuel development: a sub–Saharan Africa perspective

    Considerable effort has been put into developing sustainability assessment frameworks for biofuel production in developing countries. Nevertheless, their successful implementation remains problematic in sub–Saharan Africa. To address this challenge in this paper, through a thorough examination of academic and grey literature, repeatedly occurring sustainability aspects/issues were drawn ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • European Court Of Auditors Releases Report On EU Biofuel Sustainability Certifications

    On July 21, 2016, the European Court of Auditors released Special Report No 18/2016: The EU system for the certification of sustainable biofuels. This report assessed the existing biofuels sustainability certification framework of the European Commission (EC) and highlighted key issues with the system. Issues with the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Opportunities and challenges of transitioning to sustainable next-generation transportation biofuels

    A growing desire to reduce petroleum dependence and an increasing awareness that first-generation biofuels are unlikely to provide sustainable alternatives have spurred interest in next-generation biofuels. High production costs have been central in preventing their commercial viability thus far, yet other potential obstacles remain including feedstock availability, farmer adoption of biomass ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Understanding Sustainable Biofuel Production, the EU Renewable Energy Directive and International Initiatives to Verify Sustainability

    This white paper by SGS, aims to provide an insight into the issues associated with the sustainable sourcing and production of biofuels. This document aims to provide an insight into the issues associated with the sustainable production of biofuels. It discusses the contents of the 2009 European Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) along with the subsequent European Commission Communications ...


    By SGS

  • 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 ...


Need help finding the right suppliers? Try XPRT Sourcing. Let the XPRTs do the work for you