Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162566
Authors: 
Delzeit, Ruth
Klepper, Gernot
Söder, Mareike
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 2075
Abstract: 
The contribution of biofuels to save greenhouse gas emissions has been challenged over the last years. A still unresolved question is how to quantify emissions from indirect land use change (iLUC). In this article we discuss the implications of uncertainties on the current policy proposals in the European Union (EU). We conclude that it is inappropriate to calculate crop-specific iLUC-emissions and to include them into binding regulation. We argue that modelling results, particularly crop-specific ones, should not be used for policy decisions. Our discussion of the current EU policy proposal suggests that a combination of an increase in the minimum emissions savings threshold and limits to biofuel production are a safe way to ensure with a high degree of certainty a climate mitigation impact of biofuels.
Subjects: 
biofuel policy
indirect land use change
European Union
policy proposals
JEL: 
Q42
Q24
Q48
Q16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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