Sustainability criteria

New study: Pyrolisis of biomass from North American grasslands

Grasslands can produce biomass to be used in pyrolisis, a technology that rapidly heats biomass in the absence of oxygen to create a liquid fuel intermediate known as bio-oil.

Biomass in Argentina: awakening of a giant

Biomass sector in Argentina is changing very fast. The inminent collapse of the  traditional energy sector started to allow the production of energy from biomass at commercial levels.

Perennial energy crops stimulate belowground fauna, new study says

Perennial energy crops and biodiversity could be benefitial for fauna in metal contaminated soils, said a very recent article published in Biomass and Bioenergy Journal (Feb 2014). 

Climate change adaptation and lignocellulosic bioenergy crops

Bioenergy crops can be a good strategy for climate change adaptation. Recent studies show benefits and sinergies between energy, environment and food. 

Biofuels sustainability: a lower fossil energy in fertilizers is needed

Nitrogen fertilizers are responsible of most biofuels sustainability limitations in life cycle assessments and carbon footprint. But some very realistic strategies and new findings would help to reduce their impacts.

5 benefits from a flexible fuel and biomass supply using a multi-feedstock approach

Diversification helps to reduce risk. Learn about how a flexible fuel biomass supply system can be a better approach. 

Energy crops could cover energy demand in surplus agricultural lands

A brand new study (2013) found that the projected energy demand (2035) in developing countries, can be covered with energy crops in surplus agricultural lands, then not competing with food production. 

Breaking: biofuels voted 6% Cap on crop-based biofuels in transport

The European Union assembly fixed a 6 percent limit on the use of crop-based biofuels in ground transport, seeking to spur the development of clean fuels from non-food sources.

Biofuels sustainability: Not all alternatives are the same.

From food debate and land use changes effects to biofuels sustainability, a lot of scientific findings show great differences among alternatives. We joined best scientific information. 

Land use changes: new study faces the EU commission on biofuels

Following our recent post on sustainability and land use changes, we include here a new study on land use changes that challenges the EU commission regarding biofuels.