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Effective and low-disturbing biofuel policies (ELOBIO)

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Increased demand for biofuels could have long-term impacts on several commodity markets, this has lead to resistance from market actors who fear a growth in the use of biofuels. Evidence of such market impacts is however limited, and there is a lack of information on price correlations between biofuels and food and lignocellulosic markets. Such information is needed to distinguish real from perceived market impacts of biofuels. The ELOBIO project aims to help reduce the information gap by collecting and reviewing the available data and developing ‘low-disturbing’ policy options which promote biofuels with as few side-effects on other markets as possible.

Results

  • A clear vision on policy options. A vision of a policy with the least impact on other markets which will be shared with policy makers and relevant market actors from the food, feed and lignocellulosic materials markets.
  • Optimised Member State policies on biofuels and related domains. Elobio results will be available to Member States and will help them improve their own policies. They will clarify the important dynamics that dominate biomass markets.
  • A reliable estimate of the potential and costs of biofuels. The results will separate fact from fiction by providing scientifically-based estimates of costs and potentials which can then serve as base for future discussions on biofuels.
  • Improved models and tools to assess the relationship between biofuels policies and the affected markets. The assessment of future developments in the interaction between the food, feed, lignocellulosic will be more precise.
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Lessons learned

  • The modelling results show that a continuation of the linear increase in yields observed at the global level over the past decades will not be sufficient to meet demand for food, feed and biofuels at today’s real prices or lower. However, there are still substantial yield gaps to exploit and large opportunities for productivity growth
  • Land use restrictions cannot avoid the indirect effects of biofuels unless they become internationally recognised and applied not only for biofuel applications but all sorts of biomass use, including agriculture sector.
  • Increasing demand from a growing bioenergy sector is likely to put pressure on forest based industry and increase raw material costs.This can affect a number of products including pulp and paper, wood based panels, and a number of other manufactured wood products. Last updated: 11.10.2010
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Contact

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands
Netherlands
Contact point: 
Name: 
Dr Marjolein de Best-Waldhober
E-mail: 
Tel: 
+31-224-564798
Name: 
Frits van Oostvoorn
Tel: 
0031 224 564438
Name: 
Henk F. Kaan
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0031-224-56 4500
Name: 
(Marc) H.M. Londo
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0031 224 568253
Name: 
Nico van der Linden
Tel: 
0031 0 22456 4433
Name: 
Martin Scheepers
Tel: 
0031 224 564436
Name: 
marc Londo
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0031 224 568253
Name: 
Nico van der Linden
Tel: 
0031 224 564433
Name: 
Karina Veum
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0031-224-560882
Name: 
Frans Nieuwenhout
Tel: 
+31 224 564849

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Duration:
01/11/2007 to 30/04/2010
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/07/139

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