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EPA Palm Oil Pathway Notice of Data Availability

Comments re. the EPA’s initial analysis of the carbon intensity of palm oil biodiesel production, submitted 27 April 2012. View on Scribd Download the PDF.
Published 2012.04.27: News

Environmental burden shifting and sustainability criteria for biofuels

Biofuels are here for three reasons – climate change mitigation, energy security and to increase rural incomes. The supposed climate change mitigation potential of biofuels comes with the idea that...Biofuels policies are normally justified as global warming mitigation measures, as well as having benefits for energy security and rural development. However, intensive agricultural production...
Published 2012.03.26: Blog Post

Historical Analysis and Projection of Oil Palm Plantation Expansion on Peatland in Southeast Asia

This study demonstrates that the area of industrial oil palm (OP) plantations in the peatlands of insular Southeast Asia (Malaysia and Indonesia, except the Papua Provinces) has increased drastically...
Published 2012.02.22: Publication

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

Biodiesel carbon intensity, sustainability and effects on vehicles and emissions

This paper summarizes direct and indirect emission and sustainability impacts of biodiesel and assesses the effect of biodiesel blends from the most common feedstocks on compression ignition engine...
Published 2012.01.17: Publication

Estimating Displacement Ratios of Wheat DDGS in Animal Feed Rations in Great Britain

Much previous work on this subject has been based on simple assessments of the comparative protein and energy content of distillers’ grains. In reality, however, livestock diets are formulated based...
Published 2011.11.22: Publication

Indirect land use change in Europe (considering the policy options)

The European Commission is mandated by the Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality Directives to recommend a specific methodology to deal with indirect land use change, if deemed appropriate based on the...
Published 2011.11.22: Publication

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

Estimates of carbon storage in wood products following land clearing

Biofuel production may lead to indirect land use change (ILUC) by displacing food production onto new cropland. The clearing of such land for expanding agriculture would result in large amounts of...
Published 2011.08.08: Publication

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

The IEA, 27% biofuels and the cost of indirect land use change

A few weeks ago, the IEA published a roadmap for biofuels in transportation. This argues that 27% of transport energy needs worldwide could be met with biofuels by 2050, saving a cumulative 20...A few weeks ago, the IEA published a roadmap for biofuels in transportation. This argues that 27% of transport energy needs worldwide could be met with biofuels by 2050, saving a cumulative 20...
Published 2011.06.07: Blog Post

Comments on the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy Indirect Land Use Change Literature Review

One of the four consultation documents  published by the European Commission to inform its 2010 consultation on indirect land use change is a literature review by the Commission’s Directorate-General...
Published 2010.09.17: Publication

U.S. EPA Renewable Fuel Standard 2

On February 3, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized revisions to the National Renewable Fuel Standard. The new rule (RFS2), which incorporates changes mandated by...
Published 2010.04.02: Publication

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