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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 reduce nitrogen leeching and greenhouse gas emissions while improving ethanol yields and maintaining the non-biofuel-use grain supply.

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

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

Top-selling fuel-efficient vehicles, 2010

An ICCT analysis of vehicles sold in the EU, U.S., India, China, and Japan shows intriguing trends in how OEMs aim to both meet emission standards and appeal to customers.

Find it In: CO2 standards, Electric Vehicles, EU light-duty vehicle CO2 regulation, EU vehicle targets, Fuel economy, GHG standards, Passenger Vehicles, Vehicle emissions standards

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