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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

Latin America

ICCT staff work in Brazil, Mexico, and other key vehicle markets in Latin America to adapt international best practices to the local economic and policy context. In Brazil we support governmental...
Published 2011.09.26: Landing Page

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

O’Hare et al. refute the recent Kim and Dale paper that argued US biofuel demand hadn’t caused iLUC

Earlier this year, Biomass and Bioenergy published an article by Kim and Dale in which they looked for iLUC from US biofuel mandates with a statistical test, and asserted that none had occurred (or...Earlier this year, Biomass and Bioenergy published an article by Kim and Dale in which they looked for iLUC from US biofuel mandates with a statistical test, and asserted that none had occurred (or...
Published 2011.09.06: Blog Post

Fuels

ICCT’s fuels team works on identifying the fuels that offer the greatest carbon reductions based on lifecycle analysis that factors in emissions from the production of feedstock and fuel as well as...
Published 2011.09.01: Landing Page

USDA publishes report ‘The Ethanol Decade’ (2000-2009)

The #USDA has looked at the responses in American agriculture 2000-2009 to the rapid expansion of corn #ethanol production. They note that land-use decisions by farmers can be very complex. They find...The USDA has looked at the responses in American agriculture 2000-2009 to the rapid expansion of corn ethanol production. They note that land-use decisions by farmers can be very complex. They find...
Published 2011.08.23: Blog Post

World Bank ‘Food Price Watch’ paper on interaction between food prices and the the food crisis in the Horn of Africa

Over 12 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa due largely to drought, displacement and conflict. However, the World Bank notes that increasing food prices are...Over 12 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa due largely to drought, displacement and conflict. However, the World Bank notes that increasing food prices are...
Published 2011.08.17: Blog Post

PNAS paper on carbon debt from conversion of CRP grassland to bioenergy (Gelfand et al.)

Gelfand et al. investigate the emissions impacts of converting US Conservation Reserve Program land to corn, soy or perennial grasses for bioenergy. They observe substantial carbon loss and nitrous...Gelfand et al. investigate the emissions impacts of converting US Conservation Reserve Program land to corn, soy or perennial grasses for bioenergy.
Published 2011.08.12: Blog Post

FAO expert panel calls for abolition of biofuel support to reduce food price volatility

The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the FAO’s Committee on World Food Security reports in detail on reasons for increased food price volatility. They suggest three...The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the FAO’s Committee on World Food Security reports in detail on reasons for increased food price volatility. They suggest three...
Published 2011.08.02: Blog Post

Chris Knittel of MIT looks at the cost effectiveness of ethanol subsidies

#Knittel argues that #ethanol subsidies (for him the term includes performance based policies like RFS and LCFS) exist to support farmer wealth, reduce dependence on foreign oil and reduce GHG...Knittel argues that ethanol subsidies (for him the term includes performance based policies like RFS and LCFS) exist to support farmer wealth, reduce dependence on foreign oil and reduce GHG...
Published 2011.07.25: Blog Post

Benefits of cellulosic ethanol feedstocks: Davis et al in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Using the #DAYCENT model and assuming a regime of careful land use planning, Davis et al argue that replacing corn in the US with #cellulosic #biofuel feedstocks (#switchgrass, #miscanthus) could...Using the DAYCENT model and assuming a regime of careful land use planning, Davis et al argue that replacing corn in the US with cellulosic biofuel feedstocks (switchgrass, miscanthus) could reduce...
Published 2011.07.22: Blog Post

Asia

Published 2011.07.20: Landing Page

More from Reuters on the EU iLUC debate

Commentary on the direction of #EU negotiations on addressing #iLUC – #Reuters predict that existing #biodiesel investments will be protected, but that with #ethanol and advanced biofuels looking...Commentary on the direction of EU negotiations on addressing iLUC – Reuters predict that existing biodiesel investments will be protected, but that with ethanol and advanced biofuels looking better...
Published 2011.07.15: Blog Post

New report “The Missing Indirect Land-Use Change Factors” from the ‘European Forum for Sustainable Development’

EFNE‘s report reviews the modelling of indirect land use change (iLUC) from biofuels, following similar studies from JRC, USDA, Ecofys and others. Highlighting variation in modelling outputs, the...EFNE‘s report reviews the modelling of indirect land use change (iLUC) from biofuels, following similar studies from JRC, USDA, Ecofys and others. Highlighting variation in modelling outputs, the...
Published 2011.07.14: Blog Post

Ag and Land Use Forum summarises April ‘Land use policy’ paper by Gawel and Ludwig

The paper analyses options for addressing #iLUC, concluding that lowering pressure on land use by reducing #biomass demand and targeting low iLUC feedstocks is currently the most practical and...The paper analyses options for addressing iLUC, concluding that lowering pressure on land use by reducing biomass demand and targeting low iLUC feedstocks is currently the most practical and...
Published 2011.07.12: Blog Post

Working paper on iLUC in Brazil from Monash University (Ferreira Filho and Horridge)

Indirect land use change (#iLUC) from #ethanol in Brazil is modelled by Ferreira Filho and Horridge using dynamic general equilibrium (#CGE) modelling (the ‘Brazilian Input-Output model’). For 2020,...Indirect land use change (iLUC) from ethanol in Brazil is modelled by Ferreira Filho and Horridge using dynamic general equilibrium (CGE) modelling (the ‘Brazilian Input-Output model’).
Published 2011.07.11: Blog Post

Ecofys report to GBEP on biofuel indirect effects

Report reviewing the science and modelling of the indirect effects of biofuels, primarily indirect land use change (#iLUC). Includes review of work by #CARB, #E4tech, #EPA, #ICONE, #IFPRI, #Oko-...Report reviewing the science and modelling of the indirect effects of biofuels, primarily indirect land use change (#iLUC). Includes review of work by #CARB, #E4tech, #EPA, #ICONE, #IFPRI, #Oko-...
Published 2011.07.01: 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

China

The ICCT’s China program staff support effective regulation of both local air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. We work to provide China's national and local...
Published 2011.06.20: Landing Page

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