Earth’s dependency on fossil fuels for the past few centuries has created havoc for the planet’s health. To the extent that a new study published in NRDC stated that air pollution from fossil fuels is responsible for nearly one in every five deaths worldwide.
Cars, trucks, ships, and planes operate on fossil fuels. When fossil fuels are burned, release nitrogen into the atmosphere and this becomes the leading contributor to nutrient pollution. Airborne nitrogen pollution affects the quality of the air we breathe and settle in the surroundings also, further affecting the land and the water. The sources of high nitrogen production are traced to activities such as electric power generation, transportation, and agriculture, which can upset the natural balance in the environment, making it one of the leading fatal causes of AIR POLLUTION.
Consistent research and studies over the years have proven the deadly impact of fossil fuel combustion. The energy and environmental crisis faced by the world have forced exploration and understanding of alternative fuels in recent years.
The technological-driven, clean option varies from focussing on the potential of conventional modes like solar and wind energy to unconventional like BioDiesel sourced from Used Cooking Oil. BioDiesel became one of the first distinctive yet commercially available fuels to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) metrics defined for advanced biofuel. These metrics account for the protection of forests and native grasslands to ensure green energy sourcing while registering ranges of environmental benefits over fossil fuels.
BioDiesel offers energy security due to the large choice of used cooking oil and it can be leveraged to promote economic development in rural areas while the environmental effects of the use of competing fuels, such as air pollution and oil spills, can also be reduced. Most importantly, BioDiesel is a renewable form of energy.
The benefits of shifting to BioDiesel when compared to petroleum-based diesel fuel –
- Approx. 74% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gases
- Approx. 67% reduction in hydrocarbon emissions
- Proving it to be the ‘real’ solution to air pollution.
When diving deep into the fundamentals of BioDiesel production and adoption, it has been captured that the energy in volume in biodiesel is similar to that of liquid petroleum fuels, making them nearly similar replacements. And the number of health and environmental benefits including improvement in air quality by reducing pollutant gas emissions relative to fossil fuels, BioDiesel is forecasted to be the fuel of the future. It is, therefore, imperative to develop and promote alternative energy sources and continue to share efforts in reducing the world’s carbon footprint. The time to lead to the sustainability of the energy system is here!
- Can be blended with diesel at varying levels
- B20 does not typically require any engine modifications
Biodiesel blends are:
- A reasonable petroleum displacement strategy
- A good strategy to meet EPAct requirements (in applicable sectors)
- A relatively costly criteria pollutant emission reduction strategy
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