Biofuels & Renewable Energy /
Biofuels have to increasingly prove their sustainability and
greenhouse gas credentials - particularly to meet EU policy targets
in 2020. However, the production of biofuels is not just a choice
between 'food and fuel'.
Aeternum believes that sustainable biodiesel production is about
efficient use of land with initially two commodity products from a
single land area - sustainable biofuel and high protein feed. These
important co-products and the roles they play in our food markets
are frequently missing from the sometimes simplistic debate about
With the EU experiencing a large trade deficit in proteins,
biofuel co-products such as dried distillers' grains, beet pulp and
oilseed meals offer an important source of domestic protein, which
helps to reduce our reliance on imported crops.
Sustainable biofuels also provide a new market for cereals and
oilseeds which helps to keep well invested and highly skilled
arable production capacity in the EU. This in turn ensures
agriculture can respond effectively and efficiently to future
increased demand in both food and non-food markets.
Sustainable biofuels therefore provide the ideal opportunity to
produce bioenergy while maintaining productive arable land.
In addition to the substantial potential for carbon savings and
providing a domestic feed protein source, other advantages of
having a home grown energy source include adding diversity to fuel
supplies, increasing energy security, economic competitiveness and
the creation of green jobs.
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