Wasted 1.5 Showcases Advanced Biofuels Potential

Biofuels made from waste and residues could produce several hundred thousand jobs across Europe, a new study by the ICCT finds.

Europe has a significant untapped potential for converting wastes from farming, forestry, industry and households to low-carbon biofuels for transport, and for creating more than 100,000 permanent jobs in the process. However, these jobs will only be created if the EU sets ambitious 2030 policies to promote sustainable low-carbon transport fuels, backed by strong sustainability safeguards. These are the results of a new study by the International Council of Clean Transportation (ICCT).

Overall, the study explores the economic potential of advanced biofuels for twelve EU Member States. The results are based on data from the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat and input from a coalition of technology innovators and green NGOs.

Converting cellulosic waste and residues to biofuels could create up to

  • 34,700 permanent jobs and 84,600 temporary jobs in Germany
  • 42,528 permanent and 106,200 temporary jobs in France
  • 9,348 permanent and 27,600 temporary jobs in the United Kingdom
  • 9,804 permanent and 27,600 temporary jobs in Italy
  • 8,256 permanent jobs and 21,600 temporary jobs in Poland

“Even when taking account of possible indirect emissions, alternative fuels from wastes and residues offer real and substantial carbon savings,” said Chris Malins who led the analysis for the International Council on Clean Transportation. “The resource is available, and the technology exists – the challenge now is for Europe to put a policy framework in place that allows rapid investment.”

You can download the full report here.