Biofuels – the benefits

Sustainably produced biofuels have many benefits for New Zealand and for your organisation.

Why do biofuels benefit New Zealand?

biofuels 4Sustainably produced biofuels have many benefits for New Zealand and for your organisation. By using a renewable alternative to fossil fuels we can:

  • Reduce carbon emissions: arguably there is potential for net zero carbon emissions associated with biofuels. Of course this depends on where you get your biofuels from, so check with your fuel supplier for exact data. Official figures show that for biofuels from whey products carbon emissions are as little as 25 per cent and from inedible tallow they are around 50 per cent[1] that of emissions from fossil fuels. Emissions reduction figures are given on EECA’s website.
  • Improve air quality: according to a report given to Auckland Council (2012), air pollution is responsible for 200 premature deaths a year and exposure to transport emissions has a social cost of $273m. In July 2014 a Council report estimated that air pollution kills 700 Aucklanders annually. The main problem comes from particulates released from mineral-based fuels. Biofuels are expected to produce less particulate emissions.
  • Ensure certainty of supply: biofuels can be produced locally, so by increasing our usage of biofuels we can reduce our dependency on volatile international markets to fuel the country.

[1] “Some Biofuels are better than others: thinking strategically about biofuels”, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, 2010

How can biofuels benefit my organisation?

  • Enhance your brand – using biofuels demonstrably shows you are doing something very practical to reduce your company’s carbon emissions (which can have a direct financial impact if you are offsetting your emissions through carbon credits).
  • Appeal to staff: educating your staff about the reasons behind your use of biofuels can result in (anecdotally) reduced fuel consumption as staff are more consciously thinking about their impact of fuel usage. It will also help engage staff in your sustainability strategy.

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