Wetenschap - 15 januari 2015

Subsidy on biodiesel does not work

Burning wood as well as coal in power stations and running cars on bio-ethanol and biodiesel does not help reduce CO2 emissions.

Subsidies for these things should therefore be scrapped. These are the views expressed by Wageningen professors Louise Vet and Rudy Rabbinge and ex-Wageningen academic Martijn Katan in a vision paper for the Dutch academy of sciences KNAW. They base their argument on a literature study. According to these scientists, waste and biomass can be put to better use as the raw material for livestock feed and high-grade chemicals than as fuel. The climate, they say, stands to benefit more from taxes on greenhouse gas emissions and from the use of solar energy. Fuel saving measures and more efficient energy use help too.