The world is on the verge of an unprecedented increase in the production and use of biofuels for transport. The combination of rising oil prices, issues of security, climate instability and pollution, deepening poverty in rural and agricultural areas, and a host of improved technologies, is propelling governments to enact powerful incentives for the use of these fuels, which is in turn sparking investment.
Biofuels for Transport is a unique and comprehensive assessment of the opportunities and risks of the large-scale production of biofuels. The book demystifies complex questions and concerns, such as thefood v. fuel debate. Global in scope, it is further informed by five country studies from Brazil, China, Germany, India and Tanzania.
The authors conclude that biofuels will play a significant role in our energy future, but warn that the large-scale use of biofuels carries risks that require focused and immediate policy initiatives.
Published in association with BMELV, FNR and GTZ.
Table of Contents
Preface * Part I: Status and Global Trends * Current Status of the Biofuel Industry and Markets * Liquid Biofuels: A Primer * First-Generation Feedstocks * Part II: New Technologies, Crops and Prospects * Next-Generation Feedstocks * New Technologies for Converting Biomass into Liquid Fuels * Long-Term Biofuel Production Potentials * Part III: Key Economic and Social Issues * Economic and Energy Security * Implications for Agriculture and Rural Development * International Trade in Biofuels * Part IV: Key Environmental Issues * Energy Balances of Current and Future Biofuels * Effects on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Stability * Environmental Impacts of Feedstock Production * Environmental Impacts of Processing, Transport and Use * Part V: Market Introduction and Technology Strategies * Infrastructure Requirements * Vehicle and Engine Technologies * Transfer of Technology and Expertise * Part VI: The Policy Framework * Biofuel Policies around the World * Standards and Certification Schemes * Part VII: Recommendations * Recommendations for Decision-Makers * Part VIII: Country Studies * Biofuels for Transportation in China * Biofuels for Transportation in India * Biofuels for Transportation in Tanzania * Biofuels for Transportation in Brazil * Biofuels for Transportation in Germany * Appendices * Glossary of Terms * Index