Benefits of Biofuels
Biofuels are fuels that can be produced from any renewable biological resources, such as plant material. Renewable sources of biofuel include a broad range of biomass and agricultural products. These include rapeseed, soy, tallow, sugar cane, corn, palm oil, waste vegetable oil (WVO), and used vegetable oil (UVO). Generally speaking, these first-generation biofuels are most commonly used for transportation, home heating, and power generation from stationary engines.
The Environmental Advantages of Biofuel
Biofuel absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere when its plant matter base (biomass) is grown. The carbon dioxide is then released back into the atmosphere when the fuel is burnt. The combustion of petrol and diesel produces many different types of local air pollutants. It is anticipated that bio-based fuels can provide an estimated 80% reduction in overall CO2 life cycle emissions compared to fossil fuels.
Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels
Producing biofuels lessens the dependence on traditional fossil fuels and improves diversity of fuel supply. Sustainable biofuel is an attractive alternative to fossil fuel because its production is not limited to locations where fossil fuels can be drilled, enabling a more diverse geographic supply.
- Biofuels are green fuels in that they do not contribute to the carbon dioxide (CO2) burden.
- Biofuel is non-toxic and biodegradable.
- Unlike petroleum diesel, renewable diesel is derived from a sustainable resource that will not run out.
- Biofuels burn more efficiently than petroleum diesel and are typically less flammable.