Heavy Duty Trucking

SEP 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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94 HDT • SEPTEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com W hen you think biofuel, what comes to mind? Is it turning soybeans into fuel? Or maybe you think about driving up to the local fast food eatery and politely asking for all their used cook- ing oil. No matter the initial images that flood your head, the face of biofuels is changing, and more than one company is responsible. "It's difficult to reduce the biofuel industry down to one single status, because the industry is so diverse," says Brian Siu, lead analyst, Natural Re- sources Defense Council. "Some forms of biofuel, like corn ethanol, are already well commercialized. Other types of biofuel are only now emerging." Siu points to the upcoming release of the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plants, which are expected to enter production this year, as well as technologies to produce fuel from industrial waste gases and algae. Siu was recently part of an NRDC report that discusses the use of unsustain- able biofuels versus sustainable ones, and how the creation of third-party biofuel sustainability certification systems can ensure that biofuel feed- stocks are grown and converted into fuel in a sustainable manner. "Biofuels can deliver environmen- tal benefits, but they can also inflict environmental harm if they are pro- duced in the wrong ways," explains Siu. "For instance, a feedstock grown on cleared forest will have a very dif- ferent environmental profile than one Biofuel ALTERNATIVE FUEL Emerging technologies are enlarging the playing field for this lesser trumpeted alt fuel. Stephane Babcock • Senior Editor PHOTO © ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

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