The conclusion that can be drawn from this may seem surprising. First generation biofuels may actually negate the need for second generation biofuels in much of the world. In fact many methods are well established, hence low-risk technologies, non-competitive with food crops and applicable on an industrial scale. We have to bear in mind however, that sadly the British climate and environment is not comparable to Brazil’s. We are in fact 35 times smaller and considerably wetter meaning the requirement to invest in second generation methods such as using municipal waste as a feedstock is crucial if we are to secure our own ongoing fuel supply.
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