Biofuels emphasis during Sustainability Week
Just as Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is going into full swing, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on attendees to make increasing global biofuels use a top priority for the coming year. GRFA contends biofuel use strengthens the global economy and combats climate change.
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), being held in the government center of the United Arab Emirates, claims to be one of the largest gatherings on sustainability and a significant platform for international dialogue and cooperation between world leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, scientists, business leaders and academics. They are there to discuss, debate and address the energy and sustainability challenges of the future.
The week is being anchored by the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and complemented with a series of additional events, conferences and exhibitions, including, the Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Conference, the International Renewable Energy Agency meeting and the Renewable Energy Jobs Conference.
“Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and it’s complement of events is the ideal setting for attendees to endorse expanding biofuels strategies because they create much needed rural jobs, significantly curb green house gas emissions and reduce our reliance on crude oil,” said Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the GRFA.
“Attendees of the IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference must endorse expanding the global biofuels industry because it is a bright spot in the world economy, contributing billions of dollars to output and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs now and in the future,” said Baker.
According to the GRFA, global biofuels production today is making a significant contribution to the global economy, having contributed $277.3 billion and supported nearly 1.4 million jobs in all sectors of the global economy in 2010. By 2020 the global biofuel industry is forecasted to grow to support over 2.2 million jobs in all sectors of the global economy, and GRFA would like to see those numbers higher.
“Attendees of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the IRENA Meeting also need to recognize that biofuels are the only real feasible option available to reduce emissions in the transportation sector immediately,” stated Baker.
Contentions of the GRFA can be read at www.globalrfa.org