Biofuels producers join forces
11.02.2013 - Seven leading producers of second generation biofuels have joined forces in an industry initiative to support uptake of their technology.
The initiative, named “Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels”, aims at supporting the development of second generation biofuels as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels in Europe. The leaders of Chemtex, British Airways, BTG, Chemrec, Clariant, Dong Energy and UPM are joining forces to ensure the market uptake of advanced sustainable biofuels by all transport sectors. The Chief Executive Officers of the companies suggested biofuels were cost-competitive and had less environmental impact than fuels made from oil or natural gas. They argue that second-generation biofuels can reduce GHG emissions by at least 65%.
In contrast, first generation biofuels, made from corn, wheat, soy or palm provide only modest reductions in greenhouse gases and can push up food prices. At the initiative’s launch in Brussels, the “Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels” demanded to accelerate research and innovation into emerging biofuel technologies, including algae and new conversion pathways, supported by public and private R&D programmes. They said it were important to develop worldwide accepted sustainability certification and to establish financing structures to facilitate the implementation of sustainable biofuel projects. The initiative aims at promoting the benefits of advanced sustainable biofuels and to address national policy makers, the European Commission and the European Parliament. The “Leaders are convinced that their biofuels are key for the reduction of fossil energy imports in the EU”.