This book will give a seed-to-wheel perspective on biofuels for road transport and
will deal with a number of environmental issues that have emerged in the current
biofuel debate. This first chapter is introductory and structured as follows: firstly,
Sects. 1.2–1.6 will deal with the physical basis and the variety of biofuels and the
ways to produce and apply them in transport. Secondly, in Sect. 1.7, developments
in production volume, costs and prices will be discussed. Thereafter, in Sect. 1.8, the
debate on the pros and cons of transport biofuels that has emerged will be briefly
surveyed, and the rest of the book will be outlined.