03 Jul '11, 5am

Asean food security not in danger: Member countries looking to explore second generation biofuels. -Brunei Times/ANN

Asean food security not in danger: Member countries looking to explore second generation biofuels. -Brunei Times/ANN

ASEAN is looking at the prospects of turning waste from food crops into energy, as the 10-member regional bloc held discussions here for a "strategic plan of action" focused on complementing food and energy security. An Asean Secretariat official told The Brunei Times yesterday during the 29th Asean Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (Some), that the framework for the food security and bio-energy development plan has been drafted. "It's still in the internal consultations," said Dr Somsak Pipoppinyo, director of Finance, Industry and Infrastructure Directorate to the Secretariat. Apart from conventional biofuels such as palm oil and sugar cane, the Southeast Asian nations were also interested in exploring "second generation" biofuels, which makes use of waste products generated from the cultivation of such crops. "Meaning we want to use the by-products of the waste, for ex...

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