Chemistry of Biofuels-EditorialAuthor(s): Amelia Hawking
Innovative fuels and fuel-related research is one of the most fascinating and difficult fields in which academics, industry and governments are collaborating to find alternative and sustainable energy sources. It is clear how crucial and necessary it is for the entire community to concentrate on biomass-derived compounds to replace fossil fuels (e.g., oil, charcoal). With the introduction of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable growth in the 1980s, it became apparent that there was a pressing need to reduce waste, pollution, and CO2 emissions caused by human activities. More precisely, the importance of chemistry in defining a more effective chemical production system based on what are now known as the twelve principles of Green Chemistry, which were first proposed by Anastas and Warner. One of the twelve principles is based on the preference for sustainable feedstock with a lower CO2 footprint, demonstrating the strong relationship between green chemistry and biomass-derived fuels science (or biofuels).