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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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