EU expert group says alternative fuels could replace fossil fuels in Europe by 2050.
Alternative fuels have the potential to gradually replace fossil
energy sources and make transport sustainable by 2050, according to a
report presented to the European Commission today by the expert group on
future transport fuels. The EU will need an oil-free and largely
CO2-free energy supply for transport by 2050 due to the need to reduce
its impact on the environment and concerns about the security of energy
supply, said the report. It noted that there is no single candidate for
fuel substitution. Fuel demand and greenhouse gas challenges will most
likely require the use of a mix of fuels which can be produced from a
large variety of primary energy sources. Expected demands from all
transport systems in Europe could be met through a combination of
electricity (batteries or hydrogen/fuel cells) and biofuels as main
options, synthetic fuels (increasingly from renewable resources) as a
bridging option, methane (natural gas and biomethane) as complementary
fuel, and LPG as supplement. "If we are to achieve a truly
sustainable transport, then we will have to consider alternative fuels.
For this we need to take into account the needs of all transport
modes," said EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, in press
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