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GHG emission reductions from world biofuel production and use
Global Renewable Fuels Alliance
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The report demonstrates that world biofuels production in 2009 has reduced global GHG emissions by 123.5 million tonnes representing an average reduction of 57% compared to the emissions that would have occurred from the production and use of equal quantities of petroleum fuels. World biofuel production has surpassed 100 billion litres of annual production in 2009. After accounting for energy contents, this is displacing 1.15 million barrels of crude oil per day, which creates approximately 215 million tonnes of GHG emissions annually. In 2009, world ethanol production of 73.7 billion litres is estimated to reduce GHG emissions by 87.6 million tonnes. With respect to biodiesel, forecast global production of 16.4 billion litres will reduce GHG emissions by 35.9 million tonnes. The study utilized a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach to estimate global GHG emissions reduction achieved through the production and use of biofuels from “cradle-to-grave”, including the acquisition of raw materials, manufacture, transport, use, maintenance and final disposal.
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