Germany Saves 7.3 Million Tonnes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Using Biofuels, New Report Suggests
(Biofuels International) The use of biodiesel and bioethanol in Germany avoided creating around 7.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in Germany in 2016, according to a new report from Federal Agency for Food and Agriculture (BLE).
Biofuels consumed in Germany emits on average 77% less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels or diesel.
The report highlighted that the share of waste and residual materials in the raw materials used for biodiesel production increased from 28% in the previous year to 44% in 2016. While the proportion of biodiesel from rapeseed in German production is around 62%, Germany consumes 43% of biodiesel made of rapeseed.
This means that 87% of the biodiesel consumed in Germany was produced either from waste and residues or from rapeseed. In total, the BLE registered 3.3 million tonnes of biofuels, which were reported by the petroleum industry for consumption in Germany.
“Despite enormous targets and binding agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the EU Commission wants to push the only larger-scale alternative to fossil fuel out of the market. This is climate policy blindness and industrial policy disaster, “said Elmar Baumann, managing director of the Association of the German Biofuel Industry (VDB).
Biofuels made from raw materials from the field also provide GM-free animal feed as a by-product and represent an important source of income for agriculture. READ MORE