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March 19, 2018   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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How do You Feed 9.8 Billion People and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Clean Diesel Technology + Advanced Biofuels = Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Feeding the world and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a tall order but it can be done. One leading equipment manufacturer teamed up with a leading advanced biofuel producer to show how it can be done.

How do you feed the world and reduce greenhouse gas emissions simultaneously? By coupling advanced clean diesel technology with advanced biofuels. By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to grow to 9.8 billion people and demand 70 percent more food, according to the World Economic Forum. Feeding a growing population will take more agricultural equipment while meeting the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will not be easy. Equipment maker Valtra and the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel fuel – Neste – are showing the way.

Renewable diesel fuel is an advanced biofuel derived from agricultural products that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 85 to 90 percent. The fuel meets the same technical engineering specification as petroleum diesel fuel so renewable diesel fuel may be used as a substitute to petroleum diesel. Every Valtra tractor sold in 75 countries will come with a full tank of renewable diesel fuel produced by Neste. In doing so, the equipment maker and the advanced biofuel producer estimate that greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by the same amount of emissions generated by 620 flights around the world.

Even more emissions can be generated each year as more farmers and equipment owners continue to use advanced biofuels including renewable diesel fuel. Matching the latest clean diesel powered agricultural equipment with advanced biofuels like renewable diesel fuels demonstrates how reduce greenhouse gas emissions while feeding the world.



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