Posts Tagged biofuels

  • Biofuels: The key to meeting marine emissions targets

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on January 28th, 2013

    Location : renewables

    Biofuels: The key to meeting marine emissions targets

    “Biofuels stands out as the best option, considering the overall environmental, safety and security impacts.”

    Volatile costs for fossil fuels and rising concerns over emissions. “A doubling of present CO2 emissions by 2050 if we do nothing.” A share of “for at least 10% of global emissions in 2050, as compared to 3% today, if measures are not taken.”

    Sounds a lot like aviation, right? Well, in this case, it is the marine shipping industry. Shipping giant DNV has identified those risk factors in an update of its landmark (2009) Pat…

  • Africa – the top target for foreign investment in farmland

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on January 14th, 2013

    Location : farmland

    Africa – the top target for foreign investment in farmland

    A key driver of foreign investment in land, food security is a challenge mankind has been confronted with in various times and places. Wherever human societies have developed, growing needs have led to increasing arable land. The key solution has always been migration when possible, otherwise innovation-led yield increase. Over millennia, mankind has been gradually spreading over the various continents. This process is now unfolding at the scale of the planet.

    Agricultural transactions involving foreign investors recorded since 2000 …

  • “Peak farmland” is here, crop area to diminish: study

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on December 18th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    “Peak farmland” is here, crop area to diminish: study

    The amount of land needed to grow crops worldwide is at a peak, and a geographical area more than twice the size of France will be able to return to its natural state by 2060 as a result of rising yields and slower population growth, a group of experts said on Monday.

    Their report, conflicting with United Nations studies that say more cropland will be needed in coming decades to avert hunger and price spikes as the world population rises above 7 billion, said humanity had reached what it called “Peak Farmland”.

    More crops for use as…

  • Global renewable energy investments continue to grow

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on October 11th, 2012

    Location : renewables

    Global renewable energy investments continue to grow

    Emerging from the global economic recession, investments in renewable energy technologies continued their steady rise in 2011, with total new investments in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydropower and solar hot water) reaching $257bn, up from $220bn in 2010.

    In a year marked by falling costs for renewable energy technologies, net investment in renewable power capacity was $40bn greater than investment in fossil fuel capacity, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute’s Climate and Energy programme f…

  • Earth Will Eat Itself – Infographic

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on July 25th, 2012

    Location : Alternative Investments

    Earth Will Eat Itself – Infographic

    If the earth could speak to us what would it say?

    “Help me to help you?” “Enough is enough!” There are just too many people on planet earth now – with not enough food, not enough fuel and not enough shelter to go round. Our resource constrained world needs our support on every level, and what we put in right now, we might just reap the rewards from, in more ways than one. But how can the individual investor play a part? Intelligent Partnership have produced an infographic (below) to help explain just how much help the earth need…

  • Waste to Biofuels Set for Growth but Industry Must Remain Realistic

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on May 30th, 2012

    Location : renewables

    Waste to Biofuels Set for Growth but Industry Must Remain Realistic

    Advanced biofuels that use waste feedstocks to deliver a low carbon footprint and do not compete with food crops are entering a critical stage of development as a number of new facilities prepare to enter service, according to a market analysis by Reuters.

    According to the report, many of the companies are turning to wood waste, municipal solid waste, animal waste and cellulosic plant materials to deliver millions of gallons of biofuels.

    Reuters said that U.S. government targets that call for fuel suppliers to blend billions of gallons of…