Monday, May 25, 2009

13/05/2009 - Low carbon society symposium. Professor Mike Jones on biofuels in Ireland.

Professor Mike Jones from the Botany Department in TCD then spoke about biofuels. He believes that it is inevitable that we will use biofuels in the future and therefore we need to ensure that we do this in the most environmentally friendly way possible. There are some biofuels which have good potential such as Miscanthus. The ideal energy crop has a high energy output but requires a low energy input, and uses water, light and nutrients efficiently. Mike concluded that biofuels need to be included in Ireland’s energy policy but that there needs to be long term sustainability studies to determine which biofuels should be developed. There also needs to be better communication about the truth about biofuels to the general public.

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