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Not so carbon neutral: the story of biofuels

By Ryan Tam – Chemical Engineering Student @ Trinity College, Cambridge


Biofuels are a growing class of renewable energy resources that are looking to replace the fossil-fuel-based status quo. Made from organic material, they are presented as a carbon-neutral alternative that can be easily manufactured. The most common biofuels include biogas, bioethanol, and biodiesel, and each of them come with their own unique production methods and uses. However, do they really live up to their claim of being carbon neutral?