Title: Recent Developments of Biofuels/Bioenergy Sustainability Certification: A Global Overview
Authors: SCARLAT NICOLAEDALLEMAND Jean-Francois
Citation: ENERGY POLICY vol. 39 no. 3 p. 1630-1646
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC68136
ISSN: 0301-4215
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421510009390
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC68136
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.12.039
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to provide a review on the latest developments on the main initiatives and approaches for the sustainability certification for biofuels and/or bioenergy. A large number of national and international initiatives lately experienced rapid development in the view of the biofuels and bioenergy targets announced in the European Union, United States and other countries worldwide. The main certification initiatives are analysed in detail, including certification schemes for crops used as feedstock for biofuels, the various initiatives in the European Union, United States and globally, to cover biofuels and/or biofuels production and use. Finally, the possible way forward for biofuel certification is discussed. Certification has the potential to influence positively direct environmental and social impact of bioenergy production. Key recommendations to ensure sustainability of biofuels/bioenergy through certification include the need of an international approach and further harmonisation, combined with additional measures for global monitoring and control. The effects of biofuels/bioenergy production on indirect land use change (ILUC) is still very uncertain; addressing the unwanted ILUC requires sustainable land use planning and adequate monitoring tools such as remote sensing, regardless of the end-use of the product.
JRC Institute:Institute for Energy and Transport

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