BSR Publishes Sustainability Report, Seeks Public Comments
by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) BSR, a nonprofit membership organization focused on consulting, research and cross-sector collaboration, has released a new report that assesses the sustainability impacts of commercial transportation fuels, as well as the market outlook for a range of fuels. The report, titled “The Sustainability Impacts of Fuel,” is the first in BSR’s Future of Fuels initiative, and aims to help large-scale fuel purchasers make decisions that lessen environmental and social impacts while enhancing growth and development. The report addresses six categories of fuel, including gas/diesel, natural gas, biofuel, hydrogen, electric and greater efficiency.
According to BSR, world energy consumption is expected to increase by nearly 40 percent by 2030. In the report, the organization says that the sources and structures of transportation fuel systems will change radically during this time, often in contradictory ways. “On one hand, the production of renewable and hyper-efficient energy is rising fast, with wind, solar, and biofuels evolving from nascent technologies just a few years ago to mature and commercially competitive entrants today,” said BSR in the report. “On the other, the rapid growth in developing economies, fueled by energy-intensive industries and mobility needs, is driving a quest to uncover the cheapest energy wherever it is found, and often without a full consideration of sustainability impacts.” READ MORE Download report
Comment period extended to November 30, 2012.