Renewable Matter # 4 / June

10% of Biofuels Without Giving up a Single Sandwich

by Chiara Piccini

Exhausted quarries and mines, dismantled landfills and industrial areas: exploiting marginal areas for bioenergy crops are a tangible solution already under examination both in Europe and in Italy. The role of green chemistry is crucial to reduce environmental impact.


At global level, biomass currently amounts to 10-12% of energy production: it is the first amongst renewables and it has an enormous expansion potential both for the production of heat and electricity and in the transport sector. However, this is not enough. The challenge is to produce biomass sustainably (avoiding the conflict with food needs) and to adopt a more efficient and...

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