Biodiesel is an emerging solution for the present day concerns about rising oil prices and depletion of fossil fuel resources throughout the world. In current scenario due to shortage of energy resources, biodiesel is very good option for energy security in Pakistan. There are large arable lands with good climatic conditions for large biomass production of biodiesel yielding species. In this study data is compiled to identify plant species bearing seeds rich in oil for biodiesel production. Among them the most important are Pongamia pinnata, Brassica spp. and Ricinus communis. Bio fuel reduce dependence on imported petroleum with associated political and economic vulnerability, reduce green house gas emissions and other pollutants, and revitalize the economy by increasing demand and prices for agricultural products. This paper suggests decision makers in government of Pakistan to take initiative to develop project for commercial production of biodiesel by using indigenous plants based resources.
Ahmad, Mushtaq; Khan, Mir Ajar; Zafar, Muhammad; Sultana, Shazia; and Gulzar, Sobia
"Indigenous Plants Based Biodiesel Resources in Pakistan,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2007
, Article 25.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2007/iss1/25