Navigation path

Biofuels: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?

Publication year: 
2007
Main language: 
English
Publication Category: 
Suggested Reading
Author: 
R. Doornbosch, R. Steenblik

Related files and links:

Biofuels have been championed as an energy source that can increase security of supply, reduce vehicle emissions and provide a new income stream for farmers. These claims are contested, however. Critics assert that biofuels will increase energy-price volatility, food prices and even life-cycle emissions of greenhouse gases. This paper presents salient facts and figures to shed light on these controversial issues and asks whether biofuels offer a cure that is worse than the disease they seek to heal.