31 Jan '12, 1am

Palm oil biofuels fail to make the grade:

Biodiesel and renewable diesel formed from palm oil may not make the grade as an alternative to petrol-based diesel fuel. That’s the verdict of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) which has conducted a greenhouse gas analysis on both biodiesel and renewable diesel formed from palm oil and estimated greenhouse gas emission reductions at just 17 per cent and 11 per cent respectively compared to the statutory baseline of 97kgCO2e/mmBtu outlined in the Renewable Fuel Standard. This means neither meets the 20 per cent reduction performance threshold required. According to the Clean Air Act, there needs to be a 20 per cent reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions for renewable fuel that is produced at new facilities; a 50 per cent reduction for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel; and a 60 per cent reduction in the case of cellulosic biofuel. As part of it...

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