IEA: Need Major Scale Up in Global Biofuels Production

Today, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released their Tracking Clean Energy Progress report in New Delhi that details the increased role that biofuels will need to play in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) as part of their Climate Change Scenario by 2020. The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) applauded this finding, stating that biofuels are already significantly reducing global GHG emissions.

According to the report, globally, the world is not on track to meet the IEA’s goal of holding global climate change to a 2°C rise by 2020. According to the IEA’s Energy Sector Carbon Intensity Index (ESCII) average CO2 emissions have only improved by 0.02 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of oil equivalent in the last 20 years. In Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013order to reach the 2020 target the IEA recommended that annual biofuels production needs to more than double and advanced biofuels capacity must increase six-fold.

“Biofuels are the only real viable option available today to reduce emissions in the transportation sector,” said Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the GRFA. “We agree with the IEA that biofuels offer real GHG emissions reductions today and that we must increase biofuel usage if we want to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

In order to facilitate this major scale up in global biofuels production, the IEA released some specific recommendations for governments in their report:

  • Lessen the risks for early investors through mechanisms such as loan guarantees, guaranteed premiums for advanced biofuels, or direct financial support for first-of-a-kind investments.
  • Targeted policy support for advanced biofuels is required to ensure large-scale deployment.
  • Monitor sustainability in feedstock production.

“Frankly, the GRFA is not surprised by these findings, despite the commitments from world leaders we are clearly struggling to reduce emissions in the transportation sector,” concluded Baker.

0 thoughts on “IEA: Need Major Scale Up in Global Biofuels Production

  1. In the face of massively increasing levels of CO2 generated by certain countries principally China, how exactly do biofuels have a significant impact? I frankly don’t see the math working without significantly changing that trajectory.

  2. I suspect the researchers at IEA did not look at any recent temperature trends. There is no chance of global temperature rising by 2C by 2020.

    And biofuels emit as much carbon as fossil fuels when you add everything up.

    They cost more and pollute more in use. Using them to make fuel increases the price of food.

    Too many organisations support global warming policies to feather their own nests without looking too hard at the reality of the issue.

  3. Years ago, we told the planet to stop heating up. I thought that was the end of it. Now we find that we aren’t doing enough with algae to satisfy the earth’s need to cool down. I am shocked and saddened that we are so complacent.

    I think we need to sit down with the earth and tell it – we mean it this time, to cool it.

    Another problem solved. Whew…

  4. In the 70s we were told the planet was cooling, then in the 90s we were told the planet was warming, and for the last fifteen years, it has done neither. We have plenty of inexpensive carbon fuels to last centuries and the bi-product of combustion, CO2 is plant food. Do you remember 5th grade biology and photosynthesis? As a result of the increase in CO2 our crop yields have doubled–so don’t be troubled.

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  5. The increased production of biofuel crops such as sugar cane, palm oil, corn and soybeans has already resulted in a documented loss in acreage of native rainforest and grassland. These changes in coverage of the Earth’s surface increase climate change. How is this adressed? Or is it being ignored as an inconvenient truth?