Towards sustainable production and use of resources: Assessing biofuels (2009)

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This report was produced by the Working Group on Biofuels of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management. It provides an overview of the key problems and perspectives towards sustainable production and use of biofuels. It is based on an extensive literature study, taking into account recent major reviews. The focus is on so-called first generation biofuels while considering further lines of development.

In the overall context of enhancing resource productivity, options for more efficient and sustainable production and use of biomass are examined. In particular "modern biomass use" for energetic purposes, such as biomass used for (co-)generation of heat and power and liquid biofuels for transport, are addressed and related to the use of biomass for food and material purposes. Whereas improving the efficiency of biomass production plays a certain role towards enhancing sustainability, progress will ultimately depend on a more efficient use of biotic (and abiotic) resources (including for instance an increased fuel economy of car fleets), although a full consideration of all relevant strategies towards the end (e.g. changing diets high in animal based foods and reducing food losses) is beyond the scope of this report.
Language: English
Imprint: UNEP: 2009
Series: Report,