The March 2009 issue of Fuel Magazine features an article titled: Biofuels, Closer to an Alternative Energy Source?, written by SGS’s European Sales Manager for Alternative Fuels Services, Kris Truyens and SGS’s Head of Financial Services, Milena Stoyanova.

As detailed in this article, the lack of sustainability standards and sustainability verification systems impacts negatively on the worldwide trade of biofuels. Concerns like ensuring food safety, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, conserving soil and biodiversity, enabling sustainable water use, protecting air quality and protecting workers and property rights can not be guaranteed without a single globally-accepted sustainability approach.

Biofuel constitutes an increasing share of global fuel sales and is expected to continue along a strong growth path since it reduces energy dependence and is less harmful to the environment than fossil fuel. Even so, it is challenging to win investors, especially in times when the global economy is in recession.

Download the full article, Biofuels, Closer to an Alternative Energy Source? (PDF 442 MB).

SGS’s Alternative Fuels Services has the experience and detailed understanding of the different stages of the biofuel value chain, from field to fuel. SGS can help to set up, implement and manage sustainability verification programs on a global scale.

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Kris Truyens
Business Development Manager
Alternative Fuels Services

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