31 Aug '12, 1pm

Bioethanol or Biodiesel: Europe Hesitates over Indirect Impact of Green Fuel

When all carbon emissions are taken into account, feedstocks for "renewable" liquid automobile fuels are far from equal. Palm oil and some other crops used in biodiesel are more carbon-intensive to produce and consume than oil, according to some researchers. Meanwhile, the corn or sugar normally used for petrol-substitute ethanol appears to offer genuine carbon savings. For Europe, these are crucial calculations. Unlike the U.S., which also backs biofuels for energy security reasons, Europe's rationale for encouraging biofuel use is purely environmental, said European Commission (EC) energy spokeswoman Marlene Holzner. There is "no consideration of energy self-sufficiency" in this policy, she said. So, by fully accounting for carbon emissions, Europe could end up undermining its current biofuels policy. Diesel use is still rising relative to petrol in Europe. The Internati...

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