Can biofuels become the sustainable fuels of the future? Or does the energy used for their production, and impact on biodiversity mean they do more harm than good?
- Biofuel is cheap to produce and is a renewable source of energy.
- Biofuels are made by fermenting crops like sugar cane, rapeseed, corn and palm oil.
- Greenhouse gases produced by burning biofuels are offset by replanting.
- Greenhouse gases are created by biofuel farming techniques, and growing biofuels takes away land from food crops.
Biomass is one of our oldest sources of energy.
Biomass – plant and animal material
When we burn any living, or recently living, matter, from animal faeces to wood, it becomes a biofuel.
Today, the term 'biofuel' tends to refer to bioethanol and biodiesel, which are used as alternatives, or in addition ...
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