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23 Mar 2011 12:03:52

60 second interview: Ruud Lubbers

Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands

How do you view the role of bio-energy and biofuels as a solution to climate change and peak oil?
Bio-energy and bio-fuels are a crucial part of the solution to climate change and peak oil, along with other forms of renewable energy, energy conservation and carbon capture and storage. Biomass is (in the Netherlands) the most cost-effective source.

What are your thoughts on innovation and developments in this field?
Biomass must be sustainable, rising demands could increase unsustainable production. We need innovation to avoid adverse effects of the first generation feed stocks on the local ecosystems and the environment.

How will a shift to renewable energy platforms affect globalization and fossil fuel geopolitics?
We need practicing biomass in a multipolar world with "common but differentiated responsibilities". In that spirit Rotterdam has to partner worldwide with ports and countries of origin.

If you could change or improve governmental policy towards biofuels tomorrow, what changes/improvements would you make?
I think it is crucial that our national and European governments show its political will to realize the three dimensions of biomass: use in the energy sector, use as fuel for transport and biomass use in the chemical industry.

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