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EU biofuel target not achievable
Source : tue.nl
The EU has set itself the target of meeting 10% of road transport fuel needs from biofuel - fuel produced from biomass - by 2020. However work by researcher Anna Sues at TU/e shows that there is not enough biomass available in Europe to meet this target. Even if all available biomass in Europe is used in the most efficient possible way for the transport industry, a biofuels proportion of no more than 9.5% would be achievable, Sues says in her doctoral thesis. But in fact that figure of 9.5% will be nowhere near achievable in practice. "It will never be possible to collect absolutely all the available plant and wood wastes", Sues explains. "And a further problem is that most European woodland is privately owned, which means contracts would have to be made with numerous different parties. So the European Commission's ambition is unrealistic", concludes the new PhD of the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry department at TU/e.
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7 March 2011 |
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