IEA says global biofuel production needs to double
By David Manly
Apr. 26, 2012, Toronto, ON – According to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, the release in London of the International Energy Agency’s Tracking Clean Energy Progress report has confirmed that government institutions are not doing enough to further the development of clean energy alternatives.
According to the IEA, biofuels for transport are not on track to meet their share of CO2 reduction that is needed to achieve the IEA’s goal of an average 2 degree Celsius rise in global temperature by 2020. To do so the IEA has stated that total biofuel production needs to double, with advanced biofuel production to expand four-fold over currently announced capacity.
“The GRFA applauds the IEA for putting the world on notice that it is falling behind with biofuels production,” said Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. “With the threat of climate change growing, it is imperative that we reduce our CO2 emissions with alternatives to crude oil such as biofuels,” added Baker.
Along with today’s warning about the need for more biofuels production, the IEA also cited a key policy priority that will achieve their 2 degree Celsius rise scenario objective. The IEA has recommended that governments develop policies to support the development of the advanced biofuels industry.
According to the IEA’s 2 degree Celsius rise scenario, biofuel use will increase to approximately 240 billion litres in 2020, which, when produced sustainably, will lead to a reduction of approximately 0.1 Gt of CO2 emissions in the transport sector.
“Today’s report reaffirmed the GRFA’s longstanding push to develop biofuels policies that can reduce our reliance on crude oil,” said GRFA spokesperson, Bliss Baker. “The IEA confirmed once again today that biofuels must be part of our clean energy future,” added Baker.
About the GRFA
The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting biofuel friendly policies internationally. Alliance members represent over 65% of the global biofuels production from 44 countries. Through the development of new technologies and best practices, the Alliance members are committed to producing renewable fuels with the smallest possible footprint.