Forestry Investment – A recent published article by a leading groups of scientists insists that biofuels can be ‘done right’ through using sustainable bio-matter to produce energy.
The scientists, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Princeton and the University of Minnesota, wrote the article in the Science journal. Their claims that biofuels need not use up valuable feedstocks, drive up food costs or use valuable land. Instead, bi-products from the sustainable forestry industry, along with perennial crops and crop residue, can be used to make fuels that can eventually replace fossil fuels.
Jonathan Foley from University of Minnesota says “Biofuels ‘done right’ have a bright future in solving our energy and environmental challenges.”
The scientists are clear that land should not be cleared of its native ecosystems to make way for planting for biomatter production. Instead the bi-products of the existing native forests and plants can be used safely and sustainably.
Foley added that more research and investment needs to go into the development of biofuels but says that, “both new and existing biofuel strategies have the potential for being among the green energy solutions we need today.”