In conjunction with F.O. LICHT´S World Ethanol 2007 conference being held in Amsterdam this week, the leading ethanol production and trade associations from the US, Canada, Europe and Brazil issued a joint statement about the necessity of a robust global ethanol industry.
Issuing the statement were:
Gordon Quaiattini, President, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Canada
Robert Vierhout, Secretary General, European Bioethanol Fuel Association (eBIO), European Union
Bob Dinneen, President, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), United States
Marcos Jank, President, Sugar Cane Industry Association (UNICA), Brazil
Renewable fuels must be a central component of a global strategy to lessen reliance on fossil fuels, to mitigate the impacts of global climate change, and to provide real economic opportunity for rural residents in every country on Earth.
First-generation biofuels are coming under increasing scrutiny and criticism in terms of their sustainability and contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions on a full life-cycle basis.