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Australia is well placed to be a leader in commercialising second-generation biofuels: Climate Spectator

Climate Spectator has republished an article from The Conversation about first and second generation biofuels.

‘The evolution of biofuels’ explains the increasing need for biofuels, their sources and the associated challenges.

Ian O’Hara, senior research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, and author of the article writes:

“Companies including car manufacturerstrucking operators, airlines, mining groups, fuel distributors, and consumers, are coming out in support of biofuels.”

The article continues:

“But the challenge of transforming our transport energy use is complex. It requires a significant long-term commitment to policy measures that support industry development.

“With the right policy measures, the uptake of second-generation biofuels in Australia could be rapid – only constrained by our capacity to build new production facilities and supply.”

Read: ‘Explainer: The evolution of biofuels’

9/11: Bringing biofuels into focus: Climate Spectator

Climate Spectator has republished an article from The Conversation – ’9/11: Bringing biofuels into focus’ by Susan Pond.

The article tracks biofuels developments and policies since 9/11 when energy security and reducing reliance on foreign oil were reignited as issues in the U.S.

Pond explains: “The decade since 9/11 has seen substantial development in US energy policy. Because transport accounts for 70 per cent of oil consumption, it was the obvious sector to target for petroleum oil replacement.”

The article goes onto explore changes in the defence forces and their clean energy milestones. “The US Navy aims to convert 50 per cent of its energy requirements to fossil fuel alternatives by 2020. By 2016, the Navy will sail a “Great Green Fleet” powered by 8 million barrels of advanced biofuels, including bio-jet fuel.”

Pond concludes the article by looking at what the decade since 9/11 has meant for the production and use of biofuels.

“9/11 was a catalyst for development of advanced biofuels industry in the US.

“The challenge will be to maintain policy certainty across election cycles. The industry needs time to reach commercial scale and manufacture advanced biofuels at parity pricing to oil.”

’9/11: bringing biofuels into focus’ can be read on Climate Spectator.

Biofuel from algae approved for U.S. airlines: Bloomberg

Biofuel from non-food materials, that are blended with traditional jet fuel, have been approved by safety authorities in the U.S. to be used on commercial flights worldwide, Bloomberg writes.

The Air Transport Association has confirmed this week, that this preliminary approval allows fuel that has been processed from organic waste such as algae or wood chips, to “comprise as much as 50 percent of the total fuel burned to power passenger flights.”

The article explains how this decision to amend jet fuel specifications to include fuels from bio-derived sources, is a huge step forward for the both the aviation and cleantech industries. The  development of renewable fuel supply is critical in achieving “carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020 and creating a sustainable future for aviation and the global community it serves,” Boeing Vice President of Environment and Aviation Policy, Billy Glover says.

Read the full article here: www.bloomberg.com