Biofuels International features Green Biofuels


Ushering in the Biodiesel Switch


William Tebbit, CEO of Green Biofuels, looks closer at the energy transition strategy announcements from major companies that may come in the next 12 months.

He added that he hoped we would see not only infrastructure and construction projects committing to the use of alternative and transition fuels to usher in that change, but other sectors, such as supermarkets announcing their plans for reducing their emissions.

He said: “We have to remember that there is not one silver bullet for the scale of the environmental problem we face, we cannot get rid of all our existing assets – trucks will still be in use in 2021, for example, but a mixed energy solution, which avoids an increase in our carbon footprint will be a necessity. “The conversation should also start moving away from how consumers directly use fuels, to the use of fuels in the supply chains that are still vital to our lives, such as in data centres and home deliveries.

“We need to ensure that our reliance on technology and our convenience economy does not become our next big dirty secret.
“As we try and avoid a recession, it is essential that people understand that clean fuel and energy does not have to be the more expensive option. Protecting our planet does not have to come at a cost to our economy or our bottom lines, there is a balance that can be reached, but it people to understand that.

“Due to a number of government initiatives coming into play, the construction industry is set to grow steadily this year.
“Not only does UK construction need to adapt and amend itself for the environmental challenges we face, it has the potential to become a world-leading champion of sustainability if only a few small changes, as simple and easy as switching from diesel to a drop-in biofuel fuel, are made. In the next 12 months, we hope to stay honest about the true state of carbon reductions, and their overall impact on the environment.

“By the end of the year, we expect to have saved in the year 170,000 tonnes of C02e and our commitment to delivering excellence in carbon reduction, from tail pipe and energy mix, will be as strong as ever.

“This year, we need to see everyone in a position of power taking more responsibility for their emissions. The Paris Climate Agreement and UN talks are bringing the climate conversation to world leaders.

“However, MP Alok Sharma, President of the COP26 Climate Change Conference, stated that despite large ambitions, it is not enough. The word ‘power’ does not just mean governments and politicians, it also includes procurement managers and managing directors – anyone responsible for the fuel going into an engine needs to pay attention and take action. We have said it before, but now more than ever people need to take action now, not put off to tomorrow. The use of alternative fuels is so simple and so effective in improving air quality and reducing GHGs that they must be adopted as one of the transition technologies today.

“I think the biofuels industry has an important role to play this year, in not only reducing emissions, but cleaning up air for local communities. Energy transition can be a costly process which might deter businesses, but drop in alternatives are not only affordable, they also mean that we are not creating more waste by discarding old diesel engines, which is another factor often overlooked when talking about our environmental footprint.

“This can be achieved by advanced fuels that are refined to a high standard, and not by producing products that just meet the minimum bar. Diesel and biodiesel have held back the advancement and adoption of cleaner liquid alternatives such as GREEN D+.”