UK group hopes education will keep biofuels clean

LONDON, January 17, 2005: Biofuels such as ethanol are definitely cleaner burning than fossil fuels but it the process of getting the fuel to the car that has UK lobby groups concerned.

"At the consumption end ethanol is much, much cleaner than fossil fuels," David Santillo, senior scientist at Greenpeace's research laboratory at Exeter University in England, told Reuters. "But looking at emissions at the outset, it really depends on how the ethanol is produced."

Environmental costs of biofuels can include the pesticides and fertilizers used to grow the crops, transportation fuels and processing emissions.

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