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zero-petroleum-and-the-immediate-role-of-synthetic-fuels-in-sustainable-energy

Zero Petroleum and the immediate role of synthetic fuels in sustainable energy

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If the root of all our climate crisis woes is a highly engineered ecosystem of fossil fuels built upon hundreds of years, can’t we look to simply re-engineer it in the short-term?

An age-old science proven in photosynthesis and engineering feats of previous decades could hold the key to near-term decarbonisation, and a long-term window of breathing space for the scale-up of renewables.

The roots of that ecosystem are deeply entrenched, and it’s often overlooked that many of the products we rely upon today – from inks, upholstery and toothbrushes to rubber, tyres and soaps – are in fact derivatives of fossil fuel science. The list is exhaustive. Even many of the hand sanitisers and rubbing alcohol that we have turned to during this Covid-19 pandemic will have been derived from petroleum on some level.

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