Biofuels must be the priority of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Just as Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week gets into full swing, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on attendees to make increasing global biofuels use a top priority for the coming year because they strengthen the global economy and combat climate change.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is one the largest gatherings on sustainability and a significant platform for international dialogue and cooperation between world leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, scientists, business leaders and academics to discuss, debate, and address the energy and sustainability challenges of the future. The week is anchored by the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and complemented with a series of additional events, conferences and exhibitions, including, the Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Conference, the International Renewable Energy Agency Meeting and the Renewable Energy Jobs Conference.

“Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and it’s complement of events is the ideal setting for attendees to endorse expanding biofuels strategies because they create much needed rural jobs, significantly curb green house gas emissions and reduce our reliance on crude oil,” stated Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the GRFA.

“Attendees of the IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference must endorse expanding the global biofuels industry because it is a bright spot in the world economy, contributing billions of dollars to output and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs now and in the future,” said Baker.

According to the GRFA, global biofuels production is making a significant contribution to the global economy, having contributed $277.3 billion and supported nearly 1.4 million jobs in all sectors of the global economy in 2010. By 2020 the global biofuel industry is forecasted to grow to support over 2.2 million jobs in all sectors of the global economy.

“Attendees of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the IRENA meeting also need to recognize that biofuels are the only real feasible option available to reduce emissions in the transportation sector immediately,” stated Baker.

In 2013, the International Energy Agency’s Tracking Clean Energy Progress report stated that biofuels will have to play an increased role in order to reduce Green House Gases (GHG) as part of their Climate Change Scenario by 2020. According to the GRFA, in 2013, an estimated 85 billion litres of ethanol were produced which is estimated to have reduced GHG emissions by over 100 million tonnes, the equivalent of removing 20 million cars off the road.

“How can we not expand the global biofuels industry? Last year’s global ethanol production alone reduced GHG emissions equal to removing all the cars registered in Portugal and the Netherlands off the road,” added Baker. “Its clear, that with all the positive economic and environmental benefits of biofuels, attendees of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week’s events must commit to globally increasing biofuels use so they have a greater share of the future global energy mix”.

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