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Biofuels subsidies at root of carbon dioxide problem

Subsidies for biofuels in the UK could be much better spent in environmental terms by helping the developing world cut back on the generation of carbon dioxide from deforestation and using unsustainable fuels such as peat, according to the Policy exchange in a report The Root of the Matter. The report calls for better valuation […]

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E.ON responds to “green” to ship trees post

I’ve just had an email from Emily at E.ON about the wood burning power plant it wants to build near Bristol, UK. It set some of my worries to rest. Some specifics would be nice, but I guess it is early days for the project. Here’s the reply in full. The principal biomass fuel to […]

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19% of UK biofuel meets ethical standards — RFA

The UK Renewable Fuel Agency says that 19% of biofuel used in the UK under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation conformed to environmntal standards between April and May this year. During that timeBiofuels accounted for 2.14% of UK fuel automotive fuel demand compared to a target of 2.5% for the year. The UK wants 30% […]

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Now its “green” to ship trees to power stations

Now it is “green” to ship trees to power stations and burn them, according to E.ON in this report from Cleantech. E.ON, which is planning a timber fired electricity generation station in the Port of Bristol. Is it sustainable?  What area would need to be felled each year… What is E.ON doing to replace those […]

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Reclaim Resources has a process to generate biofuel from domestic waste

Reclaim Resources has a process to generate biofuel from domestic waste. The process looks interesting and I’ve asked them some questions. How do you separate chlorinated and non chlorinated plastics? Have you considered converting some of the plastics stream in to fuel? Where does the residue from your emissions cleaning process go. What is the […]

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Inside Ineos’ waste to ethanol plant

And finally, is usually a piece about a skate-boarding duck used to round off a news show of unremitting depression. This is at least optimistic, its about Ineos’ plans to use waste to develop gas that will be fed to algae and which will make ethanol…. 

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Corrected: Ineos to use municpal waste and algae to make ethanol

Corrected:This article originally appeared with the headline Ineos goes down the Fischer Tropsch route to ethanol from municipal waste. The process will use algae to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into ethanol not a chemical catalyst. This has been corrected in the first paragraph. Ineos is to use municpal waste and algae to make ethanol […]

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Gallagher: the direction of biofuel policy in the UK

Gallagher has some thoughts on the direction of biofuel policy in the UK. I’ve left this to the last because, although it is the most interesting and proposes significant divergency from the EU position, I am not certain that the UK can move that far from the EU position.The key paragraph is Based upon this […]

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Second generation biofuels and Gallagher

The Gallagher review has this to say on second generation biofuels they are immature, they could produce greenhouse gas savings, but only if they’re not grown on land currently used for agriculture and that they need significant incentives and support if they are to become significant players after 2010. In general, GHG savings from advanced […]

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Sustainable biofuels are possible says Gallagher report

The Ed Gallagher, chair of the UK’s Renewable Fuels Agency says that sustainable biofuels are possible but: We cannot afford to abandon biofuels as part of a low carbon transport future. Equally, we cannot continue producing biofuels which are ultimately more environmentally damaging than the fossil fuels they seek to replace. This is a whale […]

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