Are biofuels reducing the carbon footprint?

By elpis | Economics & Politics | 21 Feb 2021

We are seeing abnormal changes in the environment for the last few decades more so often than earlier. Some of the world leaders have tried to solve this problem and we now hear more often the terms 2030 or 2050 targets. Biofuels are one of the strategies applied by US & European countries in their efforts to reduce carbon footprints. 

Climate impact

Let's take a broader look at the problem before I talk a bit about biofuels. Some of the key drivers for the increase in effects of carbon emissions include a reduced rate of carbon removal from the earth's ecosystem and an increase in the rate of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Some time ago the researchers hypothesized that switching from fossil fuels to biologically produced (partially) i.e. biofuels can reduce carbon emissions. There are claims that a certain amount of biofuel based on corn or other vegetable oils has reduced carbon emissions than that of traditional fuels. The basis of this assumption was that the plants absorb carbon emissions and are part of the lifecycle of the emissions hence making them carbon neutral. It was also fueled by certain assumptions where it was known that corn crops absorb more carbon than other crops. 



This approach missed the fundamentals of the entire ecosystem. What is really happening? 

In order to produce biofuels, a lot of forest land is deforested for example to use palm in the production of palm oil that is in turn used in biodiesel. The crops used for transportation are affecting food security as either the land is extensively used for the production of oilseed rape, palm, sunflower, etc. These oils require processing and production. Subsequently, they are mixed & processed with crude oil to produce biofuels. if you are an accountant I would imagine you will take into account every bit of the input until the output is generated to account for the carbon emissions in the lifecycle of this chain. This paper did some research and has pointed out that the effects of producing biofuels are not reducing the carbon footprint but increasing the carbon emissions



This is one of the biggest blunders of the 21st Century that we continue to live in the hope that biofuels will reduce the carbon footprint. For further scientific assessment/references please read via this link 

It is a myth to say that a fuel emits less carbon so it is a better option. It is very important to assess the entire chain for its effects. These mistakes of US & European policymakers are affecting the entire world as a large part of the world gears to deforest for palm oil production and meet this demand created by the US & Europe. A large number of farmlands are now being used to produce crops used in biofuels. The farmers in fact do not know where their produce gets consumed. It is the supply chain that determines it, based on where they can make the most money out of. Who is driving this? Each country that signed up to meet the targets and use biofuel as the means to show progress is responsible for this (easier than investing in wind & solar projects). This is one of the biggest fraudulent circuses managed by heads of state who are blindly following the agenda of the select few corporations.

How can you contribute to carbon emissions reduction? First & foremost is for us to learn & share the information which is available in the public domain. By increasing awareness and influencing key decision-makers we are able to focus on important drivers that affect carbon emissions and avoid spending trillions of $ on fraudulent schemes that claim to reduce carbon footprrint and eventually that reduces our food supply.


If you use electricity produced from biofuels for your crypto mining projects then be aware this is not clean neither is this green energy! 

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