American Biofuels Council founded
March 9, 2008 by Manure Manager
It is the first major initiative to build a grassroots communications network for the advancement of biofuels adoption.
It is the first major initiative to build a grassroots communications network for the advancement of biofuels adoption. A new national association, called the American Biofuels Council (ABC), has been formed with a mission to advance the uses of alternative fuels and other products derived from biomass derivatives, by promoting research, development and education on the use of biofuels. The council hopes to bring information to consumers, enterprises and local governments and, in turn, represent the grassroots at the national level.
Biofuels are solid, liquid or gas fuels derived from biomass, recently living organisms or their metabolic by-products, such as manure. Biodegradable outputs from industry, agriculture, forestry and households can also be used, such as straw, timber, manure, rice husks, sewage, biodegradable waste and food leftovers. Unlike non-renewable natural resources – like petroleum, coal and nuclear fuels – biofuel derived from biomass is a renewable energy source based on the carbon cycle. Biodiesel is the most common biofuel in Europe.
“As a nation, we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by producing fuel domestically,” says Sean O’Hanlon, ABC’s founder and executive director, adding that ABC already has members in every state of the U.S.