Study suggests biofuels have potential to reduce GHGs further

Study suggests biofuels have potential to reduce GHGs further

GHG savings could increase with continued biofuel use, study finds

A report released by the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance to coincide with climate talks in Paris, France, this month suggests that year after year the reduction in global GHG emissions from global ethanol production and use is increasing.

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The total GHG emission reductions forecast for 2014 is 169 million tonnes CO2 equivalent, which is bigger than the total GHG emissions in 28 Annex 1 countries.

The report was released to inform debate at World Climate Summit event entitled: "Building a sustainable bioeconomy: harnessing the potential of bio-based products and fuels to mitigate climate change."

The purpose of the event is to:

Principal engineer Jim McMillan walks through the biofuels testing center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory March 3, 2009, in Golden, Colorado. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

• Provide informal input into the COP21 agenda from a range of bio innovation stakeholders;

• Showcase the potential of biobased products and alternative low carbon fuels to help fight climate change; and

• Identify policy measures that can enable the low carbon economy and contribute to solving the problem of climate change.

"Biofuels like ethanol are the only cost-effective and commercially available alternative to crude oil and are proven to reduce harmful GHG emissions and help in the fight against climate change. There need be stronger policies to increase their use globally," said Bliss Baker, President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance.

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The report also includes production scenarios for 2030. Based on a conservative annual growth rate of 2.8% biofuel production and use emission savings could increase from 168.9 million tonnes per year in 2014 to 264 million tonnes CO2 equivalent in 2030. This represents a 56% increase in GHG emission reductions.

"This report sends a clear message to policy makers around the world that while the GHG emission reductions currently being delivered by biofuels are substantial, the sector can deliver much more," Baker said.

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance released the report, "Green House Gas Emission Reductions from World Biofuel Production and Use for 2015" in cooperation with (S&T)2 Consultants Inc.

Source: GRFA

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