Sugar cane harvesting, Mauritius
Photo: Vikram Seebaluck

Biofuels can improve energy security, reduce emissions and provide rural development benefits in the EU and Africa. Although the transport sector has been the main focus, biofuels can also be used in other sectors, particularly for households in Africa as a substitute for woodfuels and charcoal.

With increasing scale, the impacts of biofuels require more efficient and effective use of land, water and nutrients, and should be viewed within the context of the overall bioeconomy. The two continents are increasingly linked in terms of agriculture, trade and investment: their cooperation on sustainable biofuels is mutually beneficial and is important for shaping bioeconomies that support the shared global development agenda.

This book chapter is from Creating Sustainable Bioeconomies: The Bioscience Revolution in Europe and Africa.

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