Biofuels: the Burning Question ….

April 15, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

From today in the UK, all petrol and diesel sold on forecourts must contain at least 2.5 per cent biofuel. Although the Government insists its flagship environmental policy will make Britain’s 33 million vehicles greener, there is a huge amount of evidence that the biofuel revolution will speed up global warming and the loss of … Read More

The “Insanity” of Biofuels

March 25, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Just days before new legislation in the UK mandating their use, there is yet more trouble for biofuels. Professor Bob Watson, one of the British government’s top chief scientific advisers has said it would be wrong to introduce compulsory quotas for the use of biofuels in petrol and diesel before their effects had been properly … Read More

First Biofuel Flight Dismissed as Stunt

February 25, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

The world’s first commercial aircraft powered partly by biofuel took off from Heathrow yesterday to a storm of criticism from climate change experts, who insisted it was nothing more than Sir Richard Branson’s latest “nonsensical” publicity stunt. The Virgin Atlantic 747 flew from London to Amsterdam using a 20 per cent biofuel mix of coconut … Read More

Biofuels Increase CO2 Emissions

February 8, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

More bad news for biofuels. Transforming ecosystems into farms for biofuel crops will increase global warming and result in net increases in carbon emissions, according to a new study. Scientists have found that converting rainforests, peatlands and grasslands can outweigh the carbon savings made from biofuels and produce “carbon debts” which could take centuries to … Read More

More Bad News For Biofuels

January 21, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Every week there seems to be a new report on the potential downsides of biofuels. This week it is the turn of British MPs. UK and European governments should not have pursued targets to increase the use of biofuels without putting in place “robust” measures to prevent environmental damage, the MPs are warning.

Biofuels “No Silver Bullet”

January 15, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Biofuels have a limited ability to replace fossil fuels and should not be regarded as a “silver bullet” solution to reducing transport emissions, British scientists have warned. The report by Britain’s Royal Society warned that biofuels risk failing to deliver significant reductions in transport emissions and could even be environmentally damaging unless the government implements … Read More

Grass biofuels “Cut CO2 by 94%”

January 9, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

Producing biofuels from a fast-growing grass delivers vast savings of carbon dioxide emissions compared with petrol, a large-scale study has suggested. A team of US researchers also found that switchgrass-derived ethanol produced 540% more energy than was required to manufacture the fuel. They also calculated that the production and consumption of switchgrass-derived ethanol cut CO2 … Read More

Burning Biofuels “Worse than Oil”

January 4, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Oh, dear George W. Wasn’t biofuels from corn one of your great ideas? You may have to think again. Using biofuels made from corn, sugar cane and soy could have a greater environmental impact than burning fossil fuels, according to experts. Although the fuels themselves emit fewer greenhouse gases, they all have higher costs in … Read More