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Global Experts Urge Joint Efforts to Find New Energy Sources for Vehicles
Louise Nordstrom, May 24, 2007 (AP via Yahoo Finance)
International car manufacturers and energy experts: Jurgen Leohold, researcher, Volkswagen AG; Magnus Henke, spokesman, conference organizer Ecotraffic;
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Urging greater world-wide efforts to develop new and better biofuels and vehicle renewable energies.
Statements made May 23.
Statements made at conference in Stockholm, Sweden
- A new generation of biofuels seeks to increase efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other emissions
- 1st generation fuels were agricultural crops like grains, corn, palm oil, and sugar cane; 2nd generation biofuels are/will include paper, pulp and wood.
- Innovation: black liquor gasification. A fuel gas is produced from waste left by paper pulp purification. Higher efficiency but technical problems and startup costs remain.
- Conference: 100 fuel production experts, politicians and car company reps, a dozen countries
- EU goal: 10% of vehicle fuels to be biofuels by 2020.
- Topics: the advantages and urgency of a new generation of automotive biofuels, especially w/developing countries increasing energy consumption.
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Leohold: "We're facing a global problem, not a local problem…With the issues of climate change, Europe can't solve the problem alone."
Henke: "If we stayed with that (first generation biofuels), we would be forced to reduce our energy consumption to a level that would be even below the one we have today…"