During the sixth edition of World Biofuels meeting being held in Seville (Spain) this week, a panel of experts rejected the debate against the shortcomings of this type of fuels saying the their use is currently so reduced (just 2 percent) that their impact is still too low.
Nevertheless, the 150 experts called for establishing a set of regulations in order to achieve both standard levels of quality and criteria to guarantee the sustainability of the crops. They also considered biofuels a key to reduce the consequences of climate change, since a good amount of it is helped along by the use of fossil fuels in transport.
Another important conclusion is a call for governments to support the use of these biofuels, as the USA, Brazil or the EU are currently doing. According to them, the fact that Canada, Japan, Australia, India and China are also working on this makes international standarisation absolutely mandatory over national regulations.
Biofuels are currently facing a complex set of challenges in order to succeed: cost reduction, CO2 tailpipe emissions reduction and better quality through quality and higher burning grades. Cellulosic ethanol was also mentioned as the most promising technology in this field, although it won't surpass cereal and sugarcane ethanol in the near future.
[Source: Europa Press via EcoNoticias]