Impacts of a 32-billion-gallon bioenergy landscape on land and fossil fuel use in the US

Hudiburg, T.W. and Wang, W. and Khanna, M. and Long, S.P. and Dwivedi, P. and Parton, W.J. and Hartman, M. and Delucia, E.H. (2016) Impacts of a 32-billion-gallon bioenergy landscape on land and fossil fuel use in the US. Nature Energy, 1 (1). ISSN 2058-7546

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Sustainable transportation biofuels may require considerable changes in land use to meet mandated targets. Understanding the possible impact of different policies on land use and greenhouse gas emissions has typically proceeded by exploring either ecosystem or economic modelling. Here we integrate such models to assess the potential for the US Renewable Fuel Standard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector through the use of cellulosic biofuels. We find that 2022 US emissions are decreased by 7.0 ± 2.5% largely through gasoline displacement and soil carbon storage by perennial grasses. If the Renewable Fuel Standard is accompanied by a cellulosic biofuel tax credit, these emissions could be reduced by 12.3 ± 3.4%. Our integrated approach indicates that transitioning to cellulosic biofuels can meet a 32-billion-gallon Renewable Fuel Standard target with negligible effects on food crop production, while reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. However, emissions savings are lower than previous estimates that did not account for economic constraints. © 2016 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

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