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Potential for Carbon-Neutral Advanced Biofuels in UK Road Transport

King, Ritchie; Tingas, Efstathios-Al.


Ritchie King


As a result of anthropocentric climate change, there is an urgent need to decarbonize the supply of energy. Organic biomass, referred to as feedstock, can be converted into biofuels that have the potential to decarbonize transport. However, biofuels are typically not carbon neutral because the preparation of feedstocks and the production of biofuels require energy currently supplied by fossil fuels, which involve carbon emissions. This work aimed to bring biofuel research up to date with current UK policy of net zero carbon emissions by examining the volume of carbon-neutral advanced biofuels that could be produced from sustainable feedstocks generated in the UK. By analyzing relevant data, it is estimated that between 667 and 1,791 million litres (Mltr) of carbon-neutral biodiesel equivalent could be produced with the energy content of 22.7–60.9 PJ, corresponding to 8.1%–21.7% of current diesel consumption by heavy goods vehicles in the UK.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 11, 2021
Publication Date 2021-08
Deposit Date Jun 11, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 14, 2021
Journal Journal of Energy Engineering
Print ISSN 0733-9402
Electronic ISSN 1943-7897
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 147
Issue 4
Pages 04021025
Keywords Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment; Waste Management and Disposal; Energy Engineering and Power Technology; Nuclear Energy and Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering
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