This could be a good alternative to growing crops to produce biofuels. If large quantities of bioethanol can be produced without impacting on available land for food production then that overcomes one of the major objections to these fuels. If it reduces the organic waste going to landfill then that is a real bonus as organic waste in landfill frequently releases methane, which is a powerful greenhous gas, as a waste product from its decay:

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The company that owns Grangemouth's giant oil refinery has said it is to begin production of fuel made from landfill waste. Ineos said it hopes to make the bio ethanol commercially available for drivers within two years.

The fuel would be made from a range of materials including recycled household waste. Chief executive of Ineos Bio, Peter Williams, claimed it could also cut damaging emissions by as much as 90%.

"There's an awful lot of landfill waste around Europe and around the world and we believe sufficient to start making a rather sizeable contribution quite quickly."
Mr Williams said the company hoped to be producing the fuel commercially by as early as 2010.
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According to Peter Williams, INEOS Bio CEO, “In North America and Europe we will see around 10% or more of petrol (gasoline) being replaced with bioethanol. Our technology will make a major contribution to reducing greenhouse gases and the world’s need for fossil fuels.

INEOS Bio Ethanol releases up to 90% less net greenhouse gases than petrol (gasoline). One tonne of dry waste can be converted into about 400 litres (100 gallons) of ethanol, which can either be blended with traditional fuels or replace them altogether, to substantially reduce vehicle emissions.
Governments, NGO’s and Municipal Authorities are already welcoming second-generation biofuels such as INEOS Bio Ethanol that will contribute to both reducing emission of greenhouse gases and the ever-growing waste disposal problem.

The process was developed in Fayetteville, Arkansas where Dan Coody is Mayor. He recognises the enormous potential: “This is the right product for us, at the right time, to help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

If we could use this ethanol from waste, we’re not only reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, we’re reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”

With the technology proven at pilot scale, the next challenge is to bring second-generation bioethanol into commercial production.

Peter Williams, INEOS Bio CEO says: “We expect to announce the location of the first commercial plant fairly shortly and we will aim to quickly roll out our technology around the world. We plan to be producing commercial amounts of bioethanol fuel for cars from waste within about two years.