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2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 Analyzes Environmental Effects

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(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a pioneering effort to analyze a range of potential environmental effects associated with illustrative near-term and long-term biomass-production scenarios from the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, Volume 1.

The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, Volume 1, released in July 2016, concluded that the United States has the potential to produce at least 1 billion dry tons of nonfood biomass resources annually by 2040. These estimates consider projected needs for food, feed, forage, and fiber production. To account for major environmental considerations, volume 1 applied constraints on feedstock supplies, including, but not limited to, avoiding production on lands with high ecological value and limiting the amount of residue removal from agriculture and forest land. However, there were some important environmental implications of biomass production and land-management changes that remained unaddressed in these scenarios.

To address this critical knowledge gap, volume 2 uses environmental models to investigate changes in greenhouse gas emissions, soil organic carbon, water quality and quantity, air emissions, and biodiversity for particular 2017 and 2040 biomass-production scenarios. In addition, volume 2 discusses the land use and land management implications of the scenarios, potential environmental effects of algae production, and strategies to enhance environmental outcomes.

Each chapter analyzes an environmental effect in depth and discusses specific research needs that emerged from their respective studies. READ MORE

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