More sustainable biofuels on the road - will biogas lead the way?
From Waste to Traffic Fuel project is studying and promoting biogas production and its use as transport fuel in southern Finland and northern Estonia. The project is working in six case areas where it is providing both the administration and the private companies research-based information and plans, the tools they need to find the possibilities of local energy production.
By 2020, at least 10% of the energy used in road transport within the EU should come from biofuels or other renewables. How to reach this ambitious target and how to produce biofuels that are truly sustainable?
According to several studies, biogas has remarkable benefits when compared with the life cycle of other traditional, or the so called first generation biofuels. Biogas can be derived from biowaste and sludge as well as from energy crops. Moreover, in biogas plants, both the energy and the material content of the biodegradable waste can be utilized. Therefore, biogas technology opens possibilities for local, self-sustaining nutrient and energy cycles.