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26 Apr 2011 10:04:17

NNFCC response to Nuffield biofuels ethics report

The NNFCC welcomes the report and agree with its overall recommendations that biofuels should be based on ethical principles. We also agree that ethical principles should be applied, as a benchmark to all comparable technologies and products.

"We are pleased that the report highlights the importance of using ethical biofuels in decarbonising the current transport system and the long-term value of biomass in replacing other fossil fuel derived products, such as plastics," says Dr Adrian Higson, head of biorefining at the NNFCC.

"We strongly believe ethical standards for biofuels should also be applied to comparative agricultural markets, as there are many competing uses for land including the production of food, clothing, building materials and fuel."

The report identifies shortfalls in the Renewable Energy Directive, and the NNFCC will continue to work with the UK and EU Governments to ensure policy incentivises the development of biofuels which offer more sustainable benefits. This will include developing new types of biofuels, made from lignocellulosic biomass, algae and waste, which could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions further whilst avoiding many of the concerns discussed in the report.

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