Biofuels key for sustainable transport growth – chems association

02 November 2012 12:45  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Increased usage of fuels derived from biomass and cellulosic crops is key to mitigating the impact of rising personal and commercial transportation usage on global energy consumption, UK industry body the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) said on Friday.

According to the institution’s new report, Chemical Engineering Matters, the use of biofuels and electric and fuel cell propulsion systems will be necessary to cope with the increase in personal and freight transportation in the future.

“There is a seemingly unstoppable enthusiasm for personal mobility, while the movement of globally traded goods remains an economic necessity. Since we cannot reduce the energy needed for personal and commercial transport, we must decarbonise it,” said the institution in the report.

The report also raised concerns about the impact of the rise of shale gas on global carbon reduction targets, with some IChemE members arguing that the drive to capitalise on shale and tight gas reserves may make it impossible to reach those goals.

“The sustainability of tight gas exploitation is a matter of animated debate amongst IChemE members and it has been argued that global carbon targets cannot be met if new build of unabated gas-fired power generation is allowed to proceed unchecked,” IChemE added.

Published on Friday, the report is an update of the institution’s 2007 policy roadmap, and pledges that IChemE will lobby governments for increased investment in applied research, promote the role of chemical engineering in the delivery of sustainable food solutions, and highlight the role of the industry in economic development.

By: Tom Brown
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