A contribution to the Comment:Visions online discussion, November 2010

What would it take to unlock the full potential of biofuels?

  • U. R. Fritsche

The key formula of a long-term strategy (2050 horizon) for sustainable biomass is that renewable resources are primarily used as raw materials, whereas waste and biomass residues – stemming increasingly from used products made from renewable raw materials - mainly serve as energy sources (i.e. for electricity, heat, and transport). This couples renewable raw material needs (which are growing when “greening” the economy) with renewable energy needs (which are growing when decarbonizing the global energy system), thus avoiding feedstock competition.