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FAO says biofuels not good or bad but sustainable or not

FAO says biofuels not good or bad but sustainable or not

August 30, 2017 |

In Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization says that biofuels are like any other kind of agriculture in that the social and environmental sustainability of the production dictate whether or not they are positive or negative. It went on to say that the illusion of competition between food and fuel is a simple narrative for […]

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FAO says debate over conventional biofuels too simplified

FAO says debate over conventional biofuels too simplified

June 12, 2017 |

In Belgium, FAO told Euractiv that making overgeneralizations and sweeping statements about biofuels, such as conventional biofuels competing with food or that palm oil destroys forests, are not necessarily true and can be counterproductive. Brazil has demonstrated that both sugar and ethanol can be produced sustainably, while in Indonesia where 45% of high yielding palm […]

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FAO and IEA publish How2Guide for Bioenergy

FAO and IEA publish How2Guide for Bioenergy

February 16, 2017 |

In France, a concerted effort is needed to accelerate the development and deployment of bioenergy technologies globally. National and regional bioenergy roadmaps can play a key role in assisting decision makers identify pathways that are tailored to local resources and priority actions to overcome economic and non‑economic barriers. This How2Guide for Bioenergy was jointly developed […]

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OECD and FAO estimate biodiesel production and demand to grow 14% by 2020

OECD and FAO estimate biodiesel production and demand to grow 14% by 2020

July 7, 2016 |

In France, a new joint report by the OECD and FAO estimate that biodiesel production and demand will both grow by 14% between now and 2020, fueled by blending mandates in a number of countries from the European Union to the US and Indonesia. Production is expected to grow to 37.9 billion liters in 2020 […]

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UN FAO data shows ethanol is not causing food price rise, says GFRA

UN FAO data shows ethanol is not causing food price rise, says GFRA

September 13, 2015 |

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance is highlighting data from the UN FAO showing that global food prices have experienced the steepest monthly drop since 2008, casting doubt upon concerns about the impact of ethanol production in food price increases. The recent decline in food prices has coincided with a period of record ethanol production expansion, […]

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FAO and OECD say biofuel feedstock costs will fall thanks to lower oil prices

FAO and OECD say biofuel feedstock costs will fall thanks to lower oil prices

July 2, 2015 |

In Italy, a new report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development say prices used for biofuel production such as corn and soybeans will feel the impact of falling oil prices, cutting the cost of feedstocks. With oil prices having fallen by more than 50%, feedstock prices […]

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New global bioenergy initiative launched under Sustainable Energy for All

New global bioenergy initiative launched under Sustainable Energy for All

May 21, 2015 |

In New York, as part of the 2nd Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, a new multi-stakeholder coalition, co-chaired by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), announced its intention to speed up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy in order to contribute to meeting the […]

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Sustainable Bioenergy High-Impact Opportunity launches

Sustainable Bioenergy High-Impact Opportunity launches

May 20, 2015 |

Novozymes, Bloomberg, KLM, Boeing, RSB, Carbon War Room, FAO, UN Foundartion, PANGEA, NEPAD, ICAO, Sky NRG, and the Inter-American Development Bank aim to “facilitate the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions…and doubling the use of renewable energy.” Seven projects underway in Bioenergy and Food Security, Sustainable Aviation, Policy Tools, Sustainability Certification and Sustainable Bioenergy […]

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Global Renewable Fuels Alliance vehemently criticizes WRI report on biofuels

Global Renewable Fuels Alliance vehemently criticizes WRI report on biofuels

February 1, 2015 |

In Canada, a new report from World Resources Institute is under fire from the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. GRFA is accusing the report of using false data on the environmental and land use impacts of biofuels. According to GRFA, the report claims that “biofuels have increased competition for land and food but fails to show […]

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FAO chief says time to move beyond food vs fuel to food and fuel

FAO chief says time to move beyond food vs fuel to food and fuel

January 21, 2015 |

In Germany, the Director General of the FAO says that the food vs fuel debate most move on to food and fuel, where biofuels are not good nor bad. Biofuels mandates should be flexible, he said, to ensure that food always comes first. Food prices supported by biofuels benefit rural farmers.

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