Title: Biofuels under the spotlight: The state of assessment and potential for integration
Citation: Science and Public Policy vol. 41 no. 3 p. 283-293
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC83792
ISSN: 0302-3427
URI: http://spp.oxfordjournals.org/content/41/3/283.full.pdf+html
DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scu028
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Alongside substantial biofuel development over the past decade, a vast number of assessments have also been produced. These have had an important influence upon biofuel discourse, policy and development, but they also vary in their methods, scope and quality. This makes it difficult to identify and evaluate assessments and coordinate knowledge in a useful way. Using an evaluative framework developed within the EST-Frame project and a workshop conducted with assessment experts, we found that while the scientific evidence basis is high, transparency varies considerably and users of assessments adopt informal, unsystematic approaches to identifying and evaluating assessments. It was suggested that a more integrated approach to assessment is needed, perhaps with the establishment of a committee to integrate findings. Such a ‘findings-level’ approach to integration differs from the ‘data-level’ approach often found in the literature, and may present a more appropriate means of integrating knowledge gained in biofuel assessments to inform policy.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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