Tagged with Biofuels

The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?

Rapporteur’s Report, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/25497/future_of_lowcarbon_road_transport.html [Overview] The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, on April 7 and 8, 2015. The … Continue reading

Bioenergy & Sustainability: A SCOPE Rapid Assessment Process Project

The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) http://bioenfapesp.org/scopebioenergy/index.php/project-overview [Press Release] According to an international report on bioenergy and land use, informed management of bioenergy crops can actually alleviate factors contributing to food insecurity, as well as provide practical avenues to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable energy production, and preserve biodiversity. The … Continue reading

Cropland Expansion Outpaces Agricultural and Biofuel Policies in the United States

Environmental Research Letters (2015 v10 044003; doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/4/044003) / by Tyler Lark, Holly Gibbs and Meghan Salmon http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/10/4/044003/article [Yale Environmental 360] Biofuel crops expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands, according to new research from the University of Wisconsin. Using high-resolution satellite imagery, … Continue reading

Commercializing Second-Generation Biofuels: Scaling Up Sustainable Supply Chains and the Role of Public Policy

Rapporteur’s Report, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School / by Joern Huenteler, Laura Diaz Anadon, Henry Lee and Nidhi R. Santen http://bit.ly/1C2Au0d The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to the greater use and production of second-generation biofuels were addressed in an executive session convened … Continue reading

Using Recent Land Use Changes to Validate Land Use Change Models

Iowa State Univ., Center for Agricultural and Rural Development / by Bruce A. Babcock and Zabid Iqbal http://www.card.iastate.edu/publications/dbs/pdffiles/14sr109.pdf [Executive Summary]  Economics models used by California, the Environmental Protection Agency,and the EU Commission all predict significant emissions from conversion of land from forest and pasture to cropland in response to increased biofuel production. The models attribute … Continue reading

European Regulations Underestimate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: Ecofys Report

Greenhouse Gas Impact of Marginal Fossil Fuel Use Ecofys http://www.ecofys.com/en/publication/greenhouse-gas-impact-of-marginal-fossil-fuel-use/ [Green Car Congress]  Substituting biofuels for marginal fossil-based liquid fuels results in the avoidance of significant GHG emissions that are not currently accounted for in the European Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC), according to a new analysis by the consultancy Ecofys… The European RED and the … Continue reading

California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Reconsideration: CA-GREET Model Update

California Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/082214handout.pdf [InsideEPA.com, sub. req’d]  California regulators are planning to increase the carbon intensity scores for numerous liquid fuels under the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), including natural gas, biodiesel and sugarcane ethanol, alarming industry officials who are scrambling to determine the implications of the state’s newly unveiled plan. … Continue reading

Biogas Opportunities Roadmap: Voluntary Actions to Reduce Methane Emissions and Increase Energy Independence

US DOE http://www.usda.gov/oce/reports/energy/Biogas_Opportunities_Roadmap_8-1-14.pdf [Biomass Magazine] The USDA has published its Biogas Opportunities Roadmap, a document that builds on progress made to date to identify voluntary actions that can be taken to reduce methane emissions through the use of biogas systems. It outlines strategies to overcome barriers limiting further expansion and development of a robust biogas … Continue reading