How biofuels can recover from pandemic production decline

Written by: Jane Marsh

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The COVID-19 pandemic financially interfered with various industries. Local, family-owned restaurants closed, and millions of workers lost their jobs globally. One benefit of the lockdown derives from greenhouse gas emission reductions. 

Natural flora and fauna thrived without diesel engines polluting their habitat. Fossil fuels were among many energy sources to experience a financial decline. Eco-friendly, renewable energy companies also took a hit throughout the pandemic.

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The Rise of Eco-Consumerism

The pandemic altered society’s perception of consumption habits. We are hyper-aware of our surroundings and what goes into our bodies. Lockdown also forced individuals to sit with their localized waste.

Since the pandemic, 60% of consumers purchased more eco-friendly and sustainable goods. Biofuel companies can utilize eco-consumerism to increase production as the world reopens.

Biofuel’s Recovery

Biofuel businesses can connect with local restaurants, sourcing their materials and reducing food waste. They may utilize old cooking oil and vegetables, generating clean energy through transesterification.

The biofuel industry can further enhance sustainability by ditching toxic cleaning solutions. Delicate metals compose much of the production equipment. Professionals must keep the material clean to prevent rusting and tarnishing.

Abrasive cleaning provides a sustainable solution to equipment protection. A pressurized device blasts an eco-friendly substance through a nozzle powered by an air compressor. It strips the equipment of rust, dirt and debris, protecting the metal from erosion.

Finally, the biofuel industry can team up with the public transportation system, decreasing carbon emissions and increasing profit. The transportation sector accounts for 30% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Connecting these two industries could benefit the environment and the economy.

Transportation truck fleets may also benefit from utilizing biofuel. The renewable energy tax incentive reduces company costs, providing fleets with a $1.00 per gallon credit. The program runs through 2022, pushing companies to invest now, expanding the biofuel industry.

Another financial advantage that promotes the recovery of clean energy is maintenance costs. Researchers evaluated the cost of biofuel-powered U.S. Postal Service Truck, finding that their maintenance prices equal petroleum diesel-fueled vehicles. This allows for a smooth transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The financial and environmental benefits of biofuel spark a transformation in the commercial and residential transportation sector. The biofuel industry may recover from declining production by entering the eco-friendly residential car market. Nissan recently produced a bioethanol electric-powered vehicle.

As more major motor companies produce clean cars, biofuel will leave its mark on the market. Company owners predict a comfortable transition to e-Bio fuel away from fossil fuels. They can support existing infrastructure, allowing clean energy and transportation to thrive.

We can also meet the Paris Agreement’s goals by increasing public transportation’s sustainability. In cities, bio-fueled trains and buses may significantly reduce pollution, limiting the urban heat island effect. It additionally decreases localized air pollution, protecting residential health.

On the Horizon

As society’s vaccination rates increase, the world will reopen. We can expect to see a growth in eco-friendly energy production and use. Commercial and government-regulated industries must adopt green fuel sources to meet rising eco-consumer demands. 

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