Tweaking national biofuel policy for promotion of sweet sorghum as alternate feedstock uri icon

abstract

  • Energy is a critical input for economic growth and sustainable development inboth developed and developing countries. Globally, the energy requirementfor the transportation sector is met from fossil fuels that are non-renewableand contribute to atmospheric pollution. However, the sharp rise in crude oilprices from US$20 a barrel in 2002 to almost US$100 (even touching $140before stabilizing at around $80) forced nations to seriously look for alternativeenergy sources that are renewable and non-polluting. This trend of rising oilprices is expected to continue in the face of their shrinking supplies and risingdemand. Secondly, growing concerns over human-induced climate change,as evidenced by rising temperatures and environmental pollution is furtherdriving the impetus for non-polluting energy sources. One such source isseed ethanol from plant biomass/grain and biodiesel from processing edibleand non-edible vegetable oils

publication date

  • 2013