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 better than biodiesel in the latest work new investments will be pushed in those directions.

Find it In: Indirect land use change (ILUC)

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 report argues against the use of iLUC factors on the basis of the precautionary principle (the report does not consider the wider question of whether biofuel support policies should be reconsidered if uncertainty about iLUC is substantial).

Find it In: Biofuels, Indirect land use change (ILUC), Fuels

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 effective option.

Find it In: Indirect land use change (ILUC), Fuels

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’).

Find it In: Fuels

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-Institut, #Searchinger et al. Lots of useful insights, the ICONE critique in particular seems a valuable addition to the literature.

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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 yield improvement and waste reduction. The paper stops short of trying to define policy approaches, and implementation would require addressing potential baseline/additionality issues.

Find it In: Indirect land use change (ILUC), Fuels