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Wearing the cap: A place for food-based ethanol in the RED?

In Europe, a long-running process of revising the EU’s biofuel policy is, after several years of discussion, analysis and negotiation, gradually drawing to a close. It is widely expected that within...The EU will probably soon reach agreement on amendments to the Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality Directives (RED and FQD) that will recognize concerns raised about indirect land use change and...
Published 2015.03.14: Blog Post

Low ILUC-risk; high loophole risk?

Producing first generation biofuels requires feedstock. When that feedstock comes from supplies of food crops (wheat, maize, rapeseed, soy etc.) then using it for biofuel production means it cannot...The idea of ‘low-ILUC risk’ biofuels has been around for a while, and a recent paper identifies the type of regional policies that could allow ILUC to be avoided. But are recent proposals to add the...
Published 2015.02.19: Blog Post

It's a jungle out there: iLUC, the Amazon and how to read a map

A recent ‘Biofuels Digest’ article presented a new deforestation monitoring tool from Global Forest Watch. The tool, which “unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee...The Biofuel Digest has decided that iLUC doesn't exist. Is the iLUC debate over, or is there a different way to understand the data they've been looking at?
Published 2014.02.24: Blog Post

European Parliament votes on a revised iLUC proposal

On 11th September, the European Parliament voted on its first reading of a proposal from the European Commission to manage the risk of indirect land use change from the Renewable Energy and Fuel...
Published 2013.09.26: Blog Post

Industry and NGOs come together on sustainable second generation biofuels for Europe

Last week, a coalition of European environmental NGOs and advanced biofuel companies issued a joint statement on their position on support for sustainable second generation biofuels ahead of today’s...A joint statement from EU advanced biofuel industry and NGOs calls for a clear and stable incentive framework for biofuels produced from wastes and residues
Published 2013.09.11: Blog Post

EBB and f(al)low

On 2 September, the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) presented in Brussels results of a new study of indirect land use change, performed by a group of North American modelers using the Global Trade...A new iLUC study commissioned by the European Biodiesel Board reports very low values for iLUC emissions. These are largely the result of assumptions imposed that biofuel production will not lead to...
Published 2013.09.10: Blog Post

Am iLUC-ing in the wrong place?

There is a modern parable that goes something like this: An observer sees a man searching for something under a streetlight and asks what the man has lost. He says he lost his keys and they both...A new calculation for estimating iLUC emissions proposed in Europe by Prof. Uwe Lahl has the benefit of simplicity, but the drawback of not answering the right question.
Published 2013.07.10: Blog Post

EPA finalizes 2013 biomass-based diesel requirement

On Friday, Sept 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a biomass-based diesel volume requirement of 1.28 billion gallons in 2013, an increase from 1 billion gallons in 2012. The...The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the biomass-based diesel volume requirement under the RFS2 will be 1.28 billion gallons in 2013
Published 2012.09.18: Blog Post

ICCT conference paper looks at the potential for biomass energy to 2050

The ICCT recently presented a reassessment of the global biomass potential in 2050. As the E.U. and other regions begin planning for the growth of renewable energy to 2050, burgeoning interest in...Reassessment of several major studies of potential biomass availability shows that the higher estimates in the literature are based on over-optimistic and questionable assumptions, and that 100 EJ of...
Published 2012.08.10: Blog Post

German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (DANL) discourages promotion of bioenergy

A new report by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (or Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina; DANL) advises Germany to avoid promoting bioenergy production and to insist that...The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldinahas examined bioenergy potential in Germany, concluding that resources are limited and that there is substantial risk of causing ecological damage if...
Published 2012.08.03: Blog Post

USDA: Agricultural Adaptation to a Changing Climate

  The United States Department of Agriculture has released a new report on climate change impacts on U.S. agriculture and the effectiveness of adaptation strategies. Comparing results from four...USDA expects climate change to reduce corn yields - mitigation strategies could protect yields, but at the risk of other environmental consequences.
Published 2012.07.20: Blog Post

Notice of Data Availability on grain sorghum ethanol

The U.S. EPA has issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) on grain sorghum [PDF] as a bioethanol feedstock under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) program. The NODA was published in the federal...The U.S. EPA has issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) on grain sorghum as a bioethanol feedstock under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) program. The NODA was published in the federal...
Published 2012.06.15: Blog Post

Enhancing indigenous land rights may slow deforestation

Transferring land rights to indigenous populations in developing countries may be an effective way to prevent deforestation, according to a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)....The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) argues that enhancing indigenous land rights could deliver co-benefits in reduced deforestation
Published 2012.06.11: Blog Post

DOD Biofuels Procurement Plans Blocked by US House, Senate in FY2013 Budget

Last week, the US Senate Armed Services Committee passed a resolution for the Senate’s FY2013 budget that will significantly curtail the Department of Defence’s (DOD) biofuel procurement plans for...United States Senate and House of Representatives pass budget resolutions limiting the ability of the US military to invest in commercialising advanced biofuels
Published 2012.06.01: Blog Post

IEEP Reports on EU Straw as Biofuel Feedstock

The Institute for European Environmental Policy has released an assessment of potential straw supplies for the production of biofuels in the EU. Funded by Danish enzyme producer Novozyme, this report...IEEP highlights potential for straw to be mobilised as a biofuel feedstock for Europe
Published 2012.05.31: Blog Post

EPA withdraws RFS2 pathways for camelina, energy cane, giant reed, and napier grass

The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) requires gasoline and diesel in the U.S. to be blended with a certain amount of renewable fuel. The EPA’s final rule for the RFS2 identified a number of feedstocks...EPA withdraws rule on camelina and three grasses as biofuel feedstocks, pending further assessment
Published 2012.05.29: Blog Post

US district court rules Low Carbon Fuel Standard unconstitutional

On December 29th 2011, a federal judge at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled against the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the case Rocky Mountain...On December 29th 2011, a federal judge at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled against the California Air Resources Board in the case Rocky Mountain Farmers...
Published 2012.01.24: Blog Post

Scenarios for UK biofuel deployment

The UK Department for Transport has just released a set of reports by the consultancy AEA Technology assessing different scenarios for the UK to meet it’s biofuel use targets under the Renewable...A short summary of new UK DfT research on pathway to meet UK commitments under the RED and FQD
Published 2012.01.23: Blog Post

Summary of US National Academies Research Council (NRC) report “Renewable Fuels Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy”

This report by the National Academies National Research Council (NRC) evaluates the potential for the United States to fulfil the amended Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) over the next decade as well...This report by the National Academies National Research Council (NRC) evaluates the potential for the United States to fulfil the amended Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) over the next decade as well...
Published 2011.11.02: Blog Post

EU Joint Research Centre publishes iLUC expert report and new IFPRI-based factors

In the last week, the EU’s scientific directorate, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has published two reports – the rather delayed report of the outcomes of an iLUC experts’ meeting last November,...In the last week, the EU’s scientific directorate, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has published two reports – the rather delayed report of the outcomes of an iLUC experts’ meeting last November,...
Published 2011.10.26: Blog Post

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