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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

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

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

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

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

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

New IFPRI MIRAGE iLUC study released by European Commission

The European Commission has just released the long awaited new report on the modelling of indirect land use change using IFPRI’s MIRAGE economic model (http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2011/...The European Commission has just released the long awaited new report on the modelling of indirect land use change using IFPRI’s MIRAGE economic model. The paper adopts a new scenario based on the...
Published 2011.10.19: Blog Post

European Biodiesel Board launches pre-emptive critiques of new European Commission/IFPRI iLUC modelling

Over the last year, David Laborde of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been working for the European Commission Directorate General for Trade on revisions to indirect land...Over the last year, David Laborde of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been working for the European Commission Directorate General for Trade on revisions to indirect land...
Published 2011.10.11: Blog Post

Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency releases opinion on bioenergy, calls for focus on additionality

The European Environment Agency’s Scientific Committee released on 16 September an opinion on GHG accounting in relation to bioenergy. The opinion argues that it is incorrect to assume that using...The European Environment Agency’s Scientific Committee released on 16 September an opinion on GHG accounting in relation to bioenergy. The opinion argues that it is incorrect to assume that using...
Published 2011.09.19: Blog Post

UK Department for Transport (DfT) publishes paper on regional level actions to avoid ILUC

Results of a study by Ecometrica/E4tech on possible regional level iLUC avoidance actions. Includes case studies of SE Asian palm oil and European OSR/wheat. The focus is on regional approaches to...Results of a study by Ecometrica/E4tech on possible regional level iLUC avoidance actions. Includes case studies of SE Asian palm oil and European OSR/wheat. The focus is on regional approaches to...
Published 2011.06.24: Blog Post