Energy  |  Publications  |  06.07.2011

Towards sustainable production and use of resources: Assessing Biofuels

This United Nations Environment Programme publication provides a robust assessment of key problems of production and use of biomass for energy purposes, and sets out options for more efficient and sustainable production and use of biomass.

Biofuels have received much attention from decision-makers in government and industry, and of the wider public world-wide. As the number of publications devoted to this renewable source of energy is expanding rapidly, it has become increasingly difficult for decision-makers to identify the key messages on which to build their decisions.

This report is the result of extensive literature examination and a thorough review process, involving a number of experts, to provide a robust assessment of the environmental and social costs and benefits of biofuels, examining both the concerns of critical developments, and describes the options for a more sustainable use of biomass and measures to increase resource productivity.

The focus is on so-called first generation biofuels, due to availability of state-of-the art reviews, but also considers further lines of development.

It takes a global perspective, recognising regional and local differences.

Text from UNEP website.

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