Biofuels are now quite popular as an alternative to fossil fuels. Fossil fuels have lost their popularity due to the fact that they are the leading source of global warming all over the world.
Global warming is a worldwide threat. As such, many people are seeking ways to beat it with as many suggestions as possible.
Herein, we are going to see how biofuels can help reduce global warming.
Lowering carbon dioxide emissions
One advantage of the use of biofuels is the lowering of carbon dioxide emissions into the environment. Fossil fuels are known for their high rate of carbon dioxide emissions. This is especially during their production and also from when they are burning when in use.
Biofuels on the other hand do not emit as much carbon dioxide as fossil fuels. As such, biofuels are well placed to replace fossil fuels for this fact.
It is produced from waste products
Biofuels are majorly produced from waste products.
This means that there is little waste available. This is an advantage to the environment which has had a major load and contributor to global warming taken away.
The type of waste used in biofuels manufacturing ensures that it is biodegradable and once it is produced in the environment, it is not harmful and does not linger in the environment unlike fossil fuel carbon dioxide.
Lower use of energy in its production
In the production of fossil fuels, a lot of energy is expended. This energy as is, is harmful to the environment. Fossil fuels lead to global warming even before they are used.
On the other hand, the production of biofuels does not consume a lot energy. This is because it undergoes a chemical process that helps get the requisite fuel from different sources of waste products and other renewable sources.
Disadvantages of biofuels in global warming
Use of crops to produce biofuels
One of the major disadvantages of using biofuels in the fight against global warming is the use of crops and agricultural land to produce the source of fuels.
This is because they will take up large spaces of agricultural land. This will then not produce food and thus will lead to an increase in the food prices. Further, the use of fertilizers to grow these crops is not only harmful to the soil but also to the environment.
Production of carbon dioxide
Carbon dioxide is the most common chemical that is known to cause global warming.
Fossil fuels produce lots of carbon dioxide during their usage and production. Biofuels also produce carbon dioxide, albeit, in small quantities.
Global warming is a phenomenon that adversely affects and continues to affect the world. Biofuels have been seen to be the best way in which the world’s population could use to combat this phenomenon. Biofuel companies are doing a lot to ensure that their product is the preferred fuel of choice in a world that is free of global warming and its adverse results.