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Statements and reports on the production, application and sustainability of biofuels

Biofuels are renewable liquid or gaseous fuels derived from plant or animal material. They have emerged as one of a number of possible alternatives to fossil fuels that might meet future global energy and transport demands in an environmentaly sustainable way. The current rate of biofuel production makes up only a small proportion of global fuel and energy consumption, but as governments and industries seek to reduce carbon emissions, investment in low-carbon technologies like biofuel production as viable long-term alternatives to non-renewable fossil fuels is likely to increase in future years. 

Below are links to statements and reports by a range of organisations and scientific bodies of national or international standing. Links to further reading can be found on the right hand side of this page.

UK Academies and learned societies

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is the leading professional and examining body for scientists, engineers, environmental professionals, students, and those committed to sustainable management and development of water and the environment. 

The Energy Institute was founded in 2003 and is the professional body for the UK energy industry.

The Institution of Chemical Engineers is an international professional membership organisation for the chemical engineernig industries.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences.

The Society for General Microbiology was founded in 1945 and is the largest microbiological society in Europe with over 5,000 members. 

The Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge, known simply as the Royal Society is a learned society that was founded in 1660 and claims to be the oldest such society still in existance. In 2008 it published a report addressing 'Sustainable biofuels: prospects and challenges'. 


UK Government

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008, bringing together UK energy and climate change policies, and takes the policy lead in the UK in tackling energy and climate change challenges.

The Department for Transport provides leadership in transport policy for the UK Government.

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee conducts inquiries and provides reports on a range of matters concerning environmental protection and sustainable development. In 2008 the Committee published the report, 'Are biofuels sustainable?'

The House of Lords European Union Committee conducts inquiries and and provides reports on a range of EU-related matters. In 2006 the Committee published a report on 'The EU Strategy on Biofuels: from field to fuel'.

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is the UK Government's in-house source of information on public policy issues relating to science and technology. In 2012 POST published a briefing paper on 'Bioenergy'

The UK Parliament has produced a series of podcasts on policy issues around biofuels.