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Assessing biofuels: Aiming for sustainable development or complying with the market?

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  • Rocio A., Diaz-Chavez

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The growing interest in biofuels has led to increasing concern about their wider implications, particularly if grown for transport use in large scale. Such concerns include environmental, social and economic issues. To counterbalance the possible negative effects, a series of measures are being put in place to help their sustainability. Nevertheless, considering the different meanings of sustainability in different parts of the world and the need to expand productive rural activities, the differences between trying to assure a commodity and the benefits or impacts at local level raise the questions between the aims of sustainability and the need to comply with a market. The ideal situation would be to reconcile both aspects, which in practise represent a major challenge for governments and industry. This paper provides an overview on the sustainability assessment of biofuels to consider a possible way forward.

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  • Rocio A., Diaz-Chavez, 2011. "Assessing biofuels: Aiming for sustainable development or complying with the market?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(10), pages 5763-5769, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:39:y:2011:i:10:p:5763-5769
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    1. Ziolkowska, Jadwiga R., 2014. "Optimizing biofuels production in an uncertain decision environment: Conventional vs. advanced technologies," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 114(C), pages 366-376.
    2. Geraldes Castanheira, √Črica & Grisoli, Renata & Freire, Fausto & Pecora, Vanessa & Coelho, Suani Teixeira, 2014. "Environmental sustainability of biodiesel in Brazil," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 680-691.
    3. Finco, Adele & Bentivoglio, Deborah & Rasetti, Michele & Padella, Monica & Polla, Piergiuseppe & Cortesi, Davide, 2012. "Sustainability of rapeseed biodiesel using LCA method," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126447, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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