December 5, 2010

The GHG Balance of Biofuels Taking into Account Land Use Change

by Mareike Lange

- The contribution of biofuels to the saving of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has recently been questioned because of emissions resulting from land use change (LUC) for the bioenergy feedstock production. We investigate how an expanding biofuel feedstock production impacts on land use dynamics if LUC is included into the biofuel carbon accounting framework as scheduled by the European Commission. We show that the current accounting method promotes biofuel feedstock production mainly on former cropland, thus increases the competition between food and fuel production on the currently available cropland area.

Lange, M. (2010). "The GHG Balance of Biofuels Taking into Account Land Use Change." Kiel Working Paper No.1619, Apr 2010.