ILUC Unverifiable and Biofuels Economically Beneficial, Says IPCC
(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance) The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC) released their “Bioenergy and Climate Change Mitigation: An Assessment” report in Berlin on Sunday that confirmed that biofuels production is economically beneficial and that Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) modelling is unverifiable.
“Sunday’s report from the IPCC is further proof that biofuels contribute to local economies and that Indirect Land Use Change modelling is nothing more than a flawed theory,” stated Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the GRFA.
The UN IPCC report found that “Bioenergy projects can be economically beneficial, by raising and diversifying farm incomes and increasing rural employment through the production of biofuels for domestic or export markets.”
The IPCC report went on further to say that “Brazilian sugar cane ethanol production provides six times more jobs than the Brazilian petroleum sector and spreads income benefits across numerous municipalities…Worker income is higher than in nearly all other agricultural sectors and several sustainability standards have been adopted.”
The IPCC report’s findings are consistent with a 2012 GRFA report which found that global ethanol production in 2010 supported nearly 1.4 million jobs in all sectors worldwide and contributed over $273 million to the global economy. In the European Union alone the ethanol industry created 70,000 direct and indirect jobs. The IPCC report also reinforces a recent study conducted by ABF Economics, which found that the U.S ethanol industry in 2013 created 86,503 jobs, sustained an additional 300,277 indirect and induced jobs while contributing $44 billion to the United States’ Gross Domestic Product and added $30.7 billion to household incomes.
“Not only do biofuels, particularly ethanol, have the lowest CO2 abatements compared to any other renewable energy but the latest IPCC climate change mitigation report confirmed that they make significant contributions to economies around the world and in some cases like Brazil, biofuels employment is eclipsing crude oil,” stated Baker.
The IPCC report contained another significant finding regarding Indirect Land Use Change, an attempt to predict future land use patterns globally. The report stated that “These estimates of global LUC (Land Use Change) are highly uncertain, unobservable, unverifiable, and dependent on assumed policy, economic contexts, and inputs used in the modelling.”
These significant findings mean that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has joined the overwhelming number of scientists and academics that have found the ILUC theory to be faulty because modeling relies on hundreds of assumptions, not facts, to predict future land use patterns around the world.
“The GRFA applauds the UN for recognizing that the ILUC theory has no ability to accurately predict future land use patterns and hopefully it can now focus on the real challenges to food security like rising crude oil prices and food waste,” concluded Baker.
The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting biofuel friendly policies internationally. Alliance members represent over 65% of the global biofuels production from 44 countries. Through the development of new technologies and best practices, Alliance members are committed to producing renewable fuels with the smallest possible footprint. READ MORE and MORE (Ethanol Producer Magazine)
Webinar: The Benefits of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production April 22 (EARTH DAY) 11am PST (2pm EST)
Members of Springboard Biodiesel’s production team will present information on small-scale biodiesel production in a 45-55 minute webinar entitled The Many Benefits of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production.
Why: Increasingly, biodiesel is being incorporated into the US (and global) transportation fleet, and individuals and organizations are realizing both the environmental and economic benefits of biodiesel. Still, information on the topic is limited and misinformation continues to get passed on. This webinar will strive to clearly present factual information on relevant topics including:
- Overview of what biodiesel is and how it is made
- Identifying myths and popular misinformation
- Cost analysis for biodiesel production and usage
- Case studies
- Emissions comparisons
- Equipment options
- Strategies for production
Who should attend?
- College, University and High School administrators involved with ongoing sustainability efforts
- Restauranteurs with one or more restaurants
- Members of the hospitality industry that are looking to increase profits while greening their business(es)
- Farmers that want to better manage their fuel sources and save money on annual fuel costs
- Individuals that can access used cooking oil or any other feedstock and want to make inexpensive biodiesel
In short, any business or institution that feeds people or prepares fried food and, consequently, has access to used cooking oil is urged to attend.
We look forward to talking with you. READ MORE