Thank University for Producing Earth-Friendly Biofuel


Target: Professor Tony Bridgwater, Director of the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University

Goal: Commend Aston University for its efforts to create earth-friendly biofuels

Scientists at Aston University in the UK are working to produce a sustainable biofuel from Norwegian forest wood waste and unsellable wood left in forests, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This scientific endeavor would provide a safe alternative fuel in place of the harmful sulphur and carbon content found in the diesels and oils currently used in large marine transport vessels.

The initiative, known as the ReShip Project, is led by Professor Tony Bridgewater and will convert wood chippings into crude pyrolysis oil, which researchers hope will eventually replace the use of petroleum-based oil. Working alongside the Paper and Fibre Research Institute in Norway, Bridgewater and his team will blend the pyrolysis oil into a bio-oil by combining it with some conventional diesel to create a stable, sustainable fuel that will radically change the shipping industry.

Bridgewater hopes that the new bio-oil will be an effective replacement for current land-damaging diesels by 2020. He claims,”this project will establish a knowledge platform for cost-effective production of all new sustainable fuels which have the potential to completely alter marine travel.” According to Science Daily, the project plans prove sustainable in more than one way: “there is a net positive increment in Norwegian forests”–meaning it grows faster than it is being consumed. With this knowledge in mind, only wood left over from logging will be used for bio-fuel technologies.

Although still in development, countries such as Scandanavia and Sweden are already looking to pyrolysis oil as an alternative diesel method. Aston University should be commended for putting its time and energy into creating a sustainable bio-fuel. According to Science Daily, with new carbon emission regulations on the horizon, an alternative fuel is necessary. By signing this petition you are thanking Professor Bridgewater along with the team of ReShip for making scientific strides with the sustainability of earth’s resources at the center of their research.


Dear Professor Bridgewater,

Thank you for making sustainability a priority by focusing your project around creating an alternative biofuel to replace current earth-harming diesel. The idea to use excess wood chippings from the overly abundant Norwegian forests to fuel marine transport vessels is a brilliant use of the earth’s resources. The method that you and your team at Aston University devised to turn this wood into pyrolysis oil has the potential to change the shipping industry as well as prevent further damage to to the earth.

Your intelligence and dedication to concocting a safe, alternative fuel is essential now that carbon-emission laws are emerging. The biofuel you are creating will inevitably replace carbon emitting diesel, providing a safe yet progressive solution. Thank you for leading Aston University in an honorable scientific endeavor that will inspire future projects that use the earth’s resources to solve major issues.


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Photo credit: Aston University via Science Daily

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