Is Biofuel Use Sustainable

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According to Reuters News, some Brazilian motorists who fuel their cars on cane-based ethanol are now switching back to gasoline as high sugar prices make the biofuel more expensive in some Brazilian states. Hey, this issue takes us again to the question of sustainability. The US farmers have also started to produce corn for biofuel. So if sugar cane and corn are now meant for biofuel production, how much is this going to reflect on the price of sugar and corn for human consumption?  Is this really sustainable; time to brainstorm….

By Kawsu Ceesay.

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One Response to “Is Biofuel Use Sustainable”

  1. mdiate Says:

    In the light of my reading of the article I think that yes, biofuel use is sustainable. We know that biofuel is a renewable resource that is produced from biomass. It is not as clean as the other renewable energies. Biomass can be directly burned to produce heat energy or steam to run turbines for electricity generation. Liquid biofuel can be produced indirectly from biomass that is available worldwide in a variety of forms: wood, grasses, crops, and crop residues. These are converted to energy through thermal or biological conversion or as feedstock to produce liquid or gaseous biofuels.
    Biomass itself is carbon neutral, but when used for biofuel production, the emission of methane is blocked, thus helping the environment. Unsustainable ways of biofuel production are not environmentally friendly. However, the Roundtable on sustainable Biofuels is working to define criteria, standards, and processes to promote sustainably-produced biofuels to positively impact global warming mitigation.
    Most mainstream environmental groups and environmental scientists support biofuels as a significant step toward slowing or stopping global climate change. However, if biofuels are not produced from biomass in a sustainable manner, they might be detrimental to the environment. Because the production of biofuel from biomass requires a lot of direct and indirect energy consumption, it emits more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the carbon released through biomass decay. The Roundtable on sustainable Biofuels is working to define criteria, standards, and processes to promote sustainably-prouced biofuels for global warming mitigation.

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