Bellona Studies the Use of Seaweed-based Biofuels in Aviation

Bellona, a non-profit environmental organization from Norway, has recently released a report on using seaweed biofuels in aviation.

Traditional crop-based biofuels are linked to several challenges such as food competition, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, social injustice, as well as land mismanagement and land use change. However, the use of third generation marine biofuels, such as seaweed, helps in lowering most of these risks.

Seaweed (or macroalgae) is a large, diverse group of aquatic plants that could be a promising source of biofuels. Growing seaweed is faster, more space-efficient and does not require the use of fresh water or fertilizers. Furthermore, seaweed does not compete for land area.

By analyzing existing knowledge, practice, and technology, the report concludes that the use of seaweed biofuel can unlock great potentials, while also addressing challenges associated with conventional biofuels. The report also provides comprehensive recommendations for researchers, public authorities and consumers.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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