UFOP: oilseed GHGs must fall

By Ron Kotrba | December 21, 2009
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Posted January 6, 2010

The target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from biofuels by at least 35 percent currently, and by 50 percent by 2017 cannot, in most cases, be met by the standard levels defined in the Renewable Energies Directive (2009/28/EC) alone, according to the German oilseed promotion organization UFOP. What is needed, it says, is the individual optimization of GHG emissions of each raw material and during processing along the whole conversion chain.

Crop farming is also affected if a maximum of 41.9 gCO2eq/MJ are not to be exceeded in 2017, and the limit for new plants beginning in 2018 is 33.5 gCO2eq/MJ. At a standard 52 g CO2eq/MJ, the emissions from rapeseed-based biodiesel is just below the limit of 54.5 g CO2eq/MJ for the present reduction target of 35 percent from the fossil fuel baseline.

To reach the reduction target of 50 percent in 2017 and 60 percent for new plants in 2018, UFOP said additional efforts to reduce GHG emissions-by both biodiesel and oilseed producers-are an absolute necessity.
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