The chemical industry may benefit from the increased use of biomass as feedstock, especially if crude oil supplies become scarce, according to a study commissioned by the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Germany. This shift is needed to help European countries achieve stringent greenhouse-gas emission rules. "Without the chemical industry we will not be able to reach the EU target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050," said Uwe Lahl, who wrote the study.

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