The world is on the verge of an unprecedented increase in the production and use of biofuels for transport. The combination of rising oil prices, issues of security, climate instability and pollution, deepening poverty in rural and agricultural areas, and a host of improved technologies, is propelling governments to enact powerful incentives for the use of these fuels, which is in turn sparking investment.
Biofuels for Transport is a unique and comprehensive assessment of the opportunities and risks of the large-scale production of biofuels, which demystifies complex questions and concerns, such as the 'food v. fuel' debate. Global in scope, it is further informed by five country studies from Brazil, China, Germany, India and Tanzania. The authors conclude that biofuels will play a significant role in our energy future, but warn that the large-scale use of biofuels carries risks that require focused and immediate policy initiatives.
Translated from the German edition, originally published in 2006.
- Executive Summary
Part I: Status and Global Trends
- Liquid Biofuels
- First Generation Feedstock
Part II: New Technologies, Crops, and Prospects
- Next Generation Feedstock
- New Technologies
- Long Term Production
Part III: Economic and Social Issues
- Economic and Energy Security
- Agriculture and Rural Development
- International Trade
Part IV: Environmental Issues
- Energy Balances
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Stability
- Feedstock Production
- Processing, Transport and Use
Part V: Market Introduction and Technology Strategies
- Vehicle and Engine Technologies
- Transfer of Technology and Expertise
Part VI: The Policy Framework
- Policies Around the World
- Standards and Certification
Part VII: Recommendations
Part VIII: Country Studies
- Glossary of Terms
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– Professor Josi Goldemberg, University of Sio Paulo Brazil, Former Secretary for the Environment of the State of Sio Paulo Brazil
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