Posted on May 14th, 2011 No comments
The European Commission, ooh, way back, decided that Biofuels were just what was needed to start the de-carbonisation of transportation. The original plan looked rather yellow and green – farm after farm of oilseed rape – what the Americans term “canola”. Suddenly schoolchildrens’ crayon renditions of the landscape were not as primary in colour as the actual fields.
The first target was for 5.75% of all transport fuel to be biologically sourced – from plants. What the European legislation didn’t figure was that some very dodgy dealers would take the long haul to Indonesia and Malaysia and start selling up the idea of marketing palm oil to Europe to make BioDiesel to meet the Biofuels Directive obligation. So goodbye rainforest and goodbye orangutans out in Asia. And goodbye good carbon intentions – replacing the rainforest with oil palms created net carbon emissions – so Biofuels failed to take the carbon out of motoring.
Some very bad ideas have followed on after. Several companies are still struggling with the idea that algae could turn out, could, I emphasise, be the thing that starts a genuine BioOil market. We’ll see – but most of the designs need an input of carbon dioxide – which would probably come from a fossil fuel-burning power station – so not very renewable, then.Renewable Gas Algae Bio-Diesel, Algae Biodiesel, Bio Compressed Natural Gas, Bio Energy, Bio Gases, Bio Synthetic Natural Gas, Bio-Ethanol, Bio-gas, Bio-Methane, BioCNG, Biodiesel, BioEnergy, bioethanol, Biofuel, Biofuels, Biofuels Directive, Biofuels Obligation, Biogas, BioHydrogen Bio Hydrogen, Biomethane, BioOil, BioSNG, BioSynthetic Natural Gas, canola, Car, cars, CNG, Compressed Natural Gas, de-Carbonisation, deCarbonisation, methanated, methanation, Methane, oil palm, oilseed rape, orangutan, palm oil, rainforest, rapeseed oil, Renewable Energy Directive, Renewable Gas, Renewable Hydrogen, SNG, Synthetic Natural Gas, Vehicles
Posted on September 15th, 2010 No comments
People often talk about the weather in relation to Climate Change, but neglect to talk about the possible obvious and inevitable side-effects – hunger and starvation.
Frontline Club will screen the film “The Hunger Season” on 1st October 2010, and follow it with a panel discussion hosted by BOND and Oxfam UK :-
“Across the world a massive food crisis is unfolding. Climate change, increasing consumption in China and India, the dash for Biofuels are causing hitherto unimagined food shortages and rocketing prices. This has already provoked unrest and violence from the Middle East to South America and there is no end in sight in the coming months. The people who are going to be most sorely affected are those already living on the razors edge of poverty, those dependent on food aid for their very survival. As commodity prices have risen by 50%, the UN Agencies have barely half the budget they need to meet the needs of 73 million hungry people they are currently feeding…”
Biofuel targets may not be the only factor behind food price rises :-
“In The Great Hunger Lottery, the World Development Movement has compiled extensive evidence establishing the role of food commodity derivatives in destabilising and driving up food prices around the world. This in turn, has led to food prices becoming unaffordable for low-income families around the world, particularly in developing countries highly reliant on food imports. Nowhere was this more clearly seen than during the astonishing surge in staple food prices over the course of 2007-2008, when millions went hungry and food riots swept major cities around the world. The great hunger lottery shows how this alarming episode was fueled by the behaviour of financial speculators, and describes the terrible immediate impacts on vulnerable families around the world, as well as the long term damage to the fight against global poverty…”Advancing Africa, Advertise Freely, Climate Change, Eating & Drinking, Floodstorm, Food Insecurity, Freshwater Stress, Genetic Muddyfixation, Global Warming, Health Impacts, Incalculable Disaster, Neverending Disaster, Science Rules, Social Change, The Data ADM, Archer Daniels Midland, Bayer, Biodiesel, bioethanol, Biofuel, Biofuel targets, Biofuels, BOND, Cargill, climate transient, climate transients, Deforestation, drinking, drought, eating, El Nino, El Nino Southern Oscillation, ENSO, flood, Food, food market, food market speculation, food markets, food speculation, freshwater, Frontline Club, Genetic Modification, GM, GMO, Hunger, hungry, Kraft, La Nina, market speculation, Michael Tobis, Monsanto, Oxfam, Oxfam UK, Permaculture, smallholding, Syngenta, Transition Towns, WDM, wild weather, World Development Movement
Posted on September 13th, 2010 1 comment
September 2010 is turning out to be a veritable over-stuffed cornucopia of Climate Change- and Energy-related events.
This week, 15th September 2010 breaks the record for the number of useful things I could be doing. I am effectively quintuple-booked, and something’s got to go (well, nearly all of them, actually).Advertise Freely, Be Prepared, Climate Change, Global Warming, Media, Social Change Agrofuel, Agrofuels, Biofuel, Biofuel Obligation, Biofuel Target, Biofuels, Biofuelwatch, CaCC, Campaign against Climate Change, CCC, Chris Huhne, Climate Change, Deforestation, EC, Energy, Energy Change, Energy sector, EU, Europe, European, European Climate Foundation, European Commission, European Community, European Union, Forum for the Future, Ghana, Global Warming, Green Alliance, Green Drinks, Indonesia, Isle of Portland, Jatropha, Malaysia, No Palm Oil Energy, NOPE, palm oil, Portland, Renewable Obligations Certificate, Renewable Obligations Certificates, Renewables Obligation Certificate, Renewables Obligation Certificates, Roadmap 2050, ROC, ROCs, Trades Union Congress, TUC
Posted on June 18th, 2010 No comments
Burning things wastes a lot of energy – even burning waste.
1. Plain Old Inefficiency
The systems and infrastructure for the generation and distribution of electricity in the United Kingdom is extremely poor, nigh on immorally wasteful. See the diagram above from the Zero Carbon Britain 2030 report :-
There are so many things that could be done to improve on that enormous loss of energy, and save on Carbon Dioxide Emissions at the same time.Burning Money, Climate Change, Emissions Impossible, Energy Revival, Health Impacts, Low Carbon Life, Marvellous Wonderful, Methane Management, Regulatory Ultimatum, Renewable Resource, The Data, Toxic Hazard, Wind of Fortune, Zero Net AD, Anaerobic Digestion, Biodiesel, Biofuel, Biogas, Car, cars, Claverton, Claverton Energy, Claverton Energy Research, Claverton Energy Research Forum, Claverton Energy Research Group, Climate Change, coal, Coal-fiired, Combustion, Energy, Energy Transformation, Energy Transition, Freight, ice, Incineration, infernal combustion engine, internal combustion engine, Mercury, Renewable Energy, Renewable Fuel, Sustainable Energy, Thermal Combustion, transport, Transportation, UK Energy Research Centre, UKERC, United Kingdom Energy Research Centre, Vehicles