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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

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

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