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12.11.2009 Studies
 
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Summaries of Analyses in 2008 of Biofuels Policies by International and European Technical Agencies

Tim Searchinger, 2009

Content

  • succinct summary of 10 studies

Findings

High level of agreement among studies

  • limited potential to increase world energy supplies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • more expensive than other methods of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • direct and indirect land use changes threaten to eliminate or greatly reduce greenhouse gas benefits
  • biofuels have contributed significantly to crop price increases
  • biomass is better used for electricity production than for biofuels

Comment

  • biofuels are not a panacea – neither for energy security nor for the environment nor for farm incomes