Biofuels Falling Well Short of Green Standards in UK

UK biodiesel sign photo

photo: Pete Birkinshaw via flickr

Now that we've got some distance from the 'biofuels are going to save us, oh wait they're going to kill everything else' hysteria of a couple years back and some sane skepticism has emerged, how well are we doing? As the BBC reports, in the UK at least it's a mix bag: Volume targets are being met, but some fuel suppliers are falling "well short" of their own green standards.Based on 2009/2010 data the Renewable Fuels Agency says the official government target of 3.25% of sales coming from biofuels has been exceeded, with 3.33% of sales (nearly 1.6 billion tons) coming from renewable fuels. However, the RFA was "disappointed that more companies did not source more fuel that was produced according to a recognized environmental standard."

The goal for 2009/2010 was 50% of biofuels meeting environmental standards, but overall only 33% did so. The RFA notes that 80% of the biofuel feedstock was imported, and most was not subject to meeting a green benchmark.

Land-Use Change Emissions Not Included in Savings
The report notes that emission targets for biofuels have been met, and exceeded--the target was 45% emission savings over fossil fuels, and 51% savings were realized. However (and this is a very important 'however'), that stat is based only off directly measurable savings from fossil fuels and did not take into account emissions from land-use changes occurring directly from growing the biofuel feedstocks.

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Biofuels Falling Well Short of Green Standards in UK
Now that we've got some distance from the 'biofuels are going to save us, oh wait they're going to kill everything else' hysteria of a couple years back and some sane skepticism has emerged, how well are we doing? As

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