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A new study published in the journal Chemistry and Industry concludes that biodiesel made from rapeseed will increase rather than reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional diesel. Looking at the full lifecycle emissions of biodiesel and conventional diesel, the authors of the study concluded that biodiesel produces two thirds of its greenhouse gas emissions during the farming of the rapeseed (because nitrous oxide N2O is released into the atmosphere). The authors also looked at the environmental impact of both fuels and concluded that both diesels have similar impacts.
Rapeseed biodiesel is the main biofuel used in Europe. The study says that farmers in Europe would do more to fight climate change if they converted the fields now used to grow rapeseed into forests.
The EU has set itself a mandatory target of 10% biofuels use in 2010.
For more on this story, read CCNMag.com and Scenta.
For an overview of EU policy on biofuels, read EurActiv’s Biofuels LinksDossier.

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  1. Thanks for the article. I’ve linked to it in your blog.

    I’ve always thought that biodiesel was a bit of a convoluted and not very efficient product. It would be better to use 10% less diesel, by being more efficient.

  2. Biodiesel is in fact a very efficient product – if made out of the right seed and under the right circumstances – rapeseed is not the answer, it never will be able to replace fossil fuel.
    However, there is an ultimate solution to global warming, biodieselproduction, ending poverty in african countries – all at the same time!
    May I invite you all to check out a webpage of a foundation working on this:
    and please leave your comments, I am convinced this is the only answer there is to leave our grandchildren a world worth living in it!

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