Multiple factors to consider when evaluating biofuel sustainability

Biodiesel Basics:

This post discusses the issues we must keep in mind when considering whether biodiesel will have a positive impact on the environment–this largely depends on where the biodiesel is coming from (is it from a sustainably managed farm that didn’t require deforestation), what its components and efficiency are, and the amount of biodiesel that is in the mix of fuel being used. The increased uses of pesticides, fertilizers, and water resources must also be considered. Biodiesel also releases increased amounts of NOx, which causes smog.

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