Jatropha Biofuel Project: Emissions Up to Six Times Greater Than Fossil Fuels
A new study from Kenya shows that jatropha, which has been promoted as a "wonder fuel," is a disaster for the environment and for the people the plantations displace A biofuel currently considered a green, renewable alternative to oil could cause up to six times more carbon emissions than fossil fuels, a study by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, ActionAid and Nature Kenya has revealed. The report comes as petroleum once again climbs above $100 a barrel, pushing the demand for biofuel sky high. The study analysed whether biofuels made from jatropha grown at a proposed plantation in the Dakatcha Woodlands in Kenya would save emissions when compared to fossil fuels. Taking into account the emissions produced throughout the production and consumption process, the study found that jatropha would emit between 2.5 and 6 times more greenhouse gases, depending on how the land was used before the jatropha was planted. Dakatcha is home to over 20,000 people and is the ancestral