Global Land Availability Will Not Slow Biofuel Supply

Wood Mackenzie’s latest study “Biofuels — Growing in commercial viability?” shows that global land availability will not restrict the supply of biofuels, but economic and technological issues could. The company also forecasts a lower demand for biofuels across the globe than is predicted by other studies.

In the U.S., lignocellulosic material will come to account for a growing portion of fuel ethanol production by 2020, as plants start to be commercialised in the U.S., according to the report. The cellulosic contribution will remain well short of current U.S. targets for cellulosic biofuels in that timeframe, but would still represent a significant development for the industry, with potential for substantial expansion around the world in the years beyond 2020.

“Taking into consideration the expansion of land use for agricultural purposes in traditional agricultural countries, our bottom up analysis finds no significant land constraints to meeting our projected biofuels demand,” said Alan Gelder, Vice President of Wood Mackenzie and study director. “The high cost of biofuels production, due to the price of feedstocks, is, however, a significant constraining factor on demand, and this is related to the availability of productive land to grow particular crops in certain regions.”

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