From Landfills to Lamborghinis: The Future of Biofuels

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"The biofuels industry reckons household and office rubbish will be the most promising source for biofuels in 2012."

The Guardian, Damian Carrington

What's not to like about converting garbage into a low-carbon energy, displacing oil and its climate-warming emissions?

Not much according to the biofuels industry, which reckons household and office rubbish will be the most promising source for biofuels in 2012.

At the World Biofuels Markets conference I'm attending in Rotterdam, where over 100 industry leaders were asked which "next-generation" feedstock, i.e., not food, like corn or sugar, did they believe was the most promising for 2012? The results are instructive, as we hear a lot about the abject failings of many current food-to-fuel biofuels, but less on how those people actually producing them are responding to that criticism.

Municipal solid waste was the choice for 26%, followed by 24% for non-food crops like jatropha and switchgrass. Non-food crops have their own problems, of course, such as ensuring they don't squeeze out food crops or grab the land or water of local people, as I found in Tanzania. . .View Full Article

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