Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

December 08, 2010 10:57 ET

GRFA: Copenhagen's Mistakes Must Not be Repeated in Cancun

The GRFA Calls on Cancun to Recognize Biofuels as a Way to Lower GHG's

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2010) - The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is calling on the UN's Climate Change Conference in Cancun to do what could not be done in Copenhagen and recognize biofuels as a viable alternative to fossil fuels that offer real Green House Gas (GHG) reductions.

"Future climate change frameworks must ensure that biofuels play an even greater role in meeting global climate change objectives," said Bliss Baker, GRFA Spokesperson.

Delegates to the Climate Change Conference now underway have come together once again to try and develop a framework to prevent the temperature of our planet from rising further. While these talks continue, biofuels are already playing a significant role in reducing GHGs around the world by displacing fossil fuels. 

"Biofuels can play a significant role in reducing our dependence on petroleum and subsequently reducing Green House Gases. The Cancun conference is yet another opportunity to try and make a major impact in the fight against climate change," said Bliss Baker, GRFA Spokesperson.

Delegates need to be reminded that in 2009 world biofuel production reduced GHG emissions by 123.5 million tonnes according to the GRFA. This figure represents an average reduction of 57%, compared to the emissions that would have occurred from the production and use of equal quantities of petroleum fuels.

"The GRFA believes that the UN must recognize biofuels as a viable pathway to reducing Green House Gases. Many of the UN's member nations are already leading the way by adopting biofuel friendly policies." said Bliss Baker, GRFA Spokesperson.

  • The European Union's new Renewable Energy Directive requires that transportation fuels contain at least 10% renewable content by 2020.
  • Canada requires by law that gasoline contain an average of 5% Ethanol starting December 15th 2010 and diesel fuel contain 2% Biodiesel by 2011.
  • Brazil has mandated 25% Ethanol blends.
  • In the United States the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will require 36 billion gallons of annual renewable fuel content by 2022.
  • India has instituted a 5% Ethanol requirement throughout most of the country.
  • The Philippines require by law that all gasoline contain 5% ethanol with an increase expected to 10% in the near future.
  • Several other countries such as Burundi, Sudan, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are exploring biofuels strategies to reduce their reliance on petroleum and reduce their GHGs.

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.

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