Bioplastics, Bioenergy and Biofuels in Global Land Use

The world simply cannot afford to wait

Competing for Land – The way we use our land is changing. As the world’s population increases and greater pressure is put on global resources, we need to think carefully about how we manage the ground beneath our feet and what changes to land use will mean to businesses.

Biorenewables are renewable sources of fuel, energy and materials made from biomass. Coal and oil are just biomass that has undergone a physical and chemical change under extreme pressure and temperature, but biomass has one crucial property that makes it unique. It takes just a few years to make instead of thousands or even millions of years.

It also has a key advantage over other renewables. Biomass fixes carbon into something tangible, that can be stored and moved, and will always be available even if the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. As a source of energy we can use it to meet peak demand in national electricity grids. It is also the only low carbon liquid transport fuel. And as a source of chemicals we can use it to replace traditional plastics.

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Tags: Biorenewables, non-food feedstocks, bioplastics, bioenergy, biofuels, growing global economy


CHEmanager, 2012-03-09.


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