Who is doing what about bioenergy

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This page will summarize and provide links to important initiatives related to sustainable bioenergy. See also organizations.

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Governmental

A number of countries and regions have set goals for future biofuel production.

Hybrid Organizations (Public-Private, Profit-Nonprofit and/or Governmental-Nongovernmental)

Nongovernmental

  • Biofuelwatch. Works "to ensure that only sustainably-sourced biofuels can be sold in the European Union."[2].
    • From the Biofuelwatch website:
      • "We are particularly concerned about the potential of the biofuel market to drive the destruction of old-growth forests, which are significant carbon sinks and sites of considerable biodiversity.
      • "Sustainable biofuels should have been rigorously shown not to have an adverse effect on old growth forests, wetlands and grasslands, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, soils, water, food security and human rights. For example, heat and energy can be sustainably provided by agricultural and forestry waste, whilst sustainable sources of transport fuel include waste vegetable oil and possible future technologies such as algal biodiesel."[3]

Research organizations

  • Biofuel crops: power to the dryland poor, article by Dr. William D. Dar, Director General, ICRISAT, noted that "drylands, often neglected compared to more favorable areas, can contribute importantly to a bio-fueled future." He noted that while the bulk of "bio-ethanol in India is produced from the molasses left over from the refining of sugar from sugarcane," "a little-known dryland crop, sweet sorghum" is a promising feedstock for bio-ethanol production, as sorghum stores "large quantities of energy as sugar in their stalks, while also producing reasonable grain yields."
    • "Sorghum, like sugarcane and maize, exhibits C4 metabolism – making it more efficient at converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into sugar than most plants. As a dryland crop, sorghum requires far less water than costly irrigated sugarcane, making it more accessible to the poor."


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