Biodiesel, fuel from crops is being hailed as a solution to both cars’ greenhouse gas emissions and the prospect of peak oil. However there is growing concern that palm oil-based biodiesels may be negating any positive effects because of the deforestation that is caused by clearing forests to grow the crops.
Other crops that can be used for fuel include soybeans (also an environmental concern), corn, colza, groundnuts, sunflower seeds, sugarcane, poplar and eucalyptus trees. Before converting your work car to biodiesel, it may be worth checking where the fuel comes from. There is fuel made from vegetable oil waste and fuel made from palm oil plantations that used to be Asian or South American rainforests. A place to begin understanding this is http://www.wrm.org.uy/bulletin/112/viewpoint.html
We will look at biofuels in future posts as well as considerations for fuel alternatives in light of the issue of Peak Oil, which has serious ramifications for business.
There are alternatives, let us make the right ones!