Location: Soil, Water & Air Resources ResearchTitle: Standards, Certification, and Indicators for Biofuel Sustainability: A review of the CSBP, BMAS and Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) Author
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/3/2013
Publication Date: 12/11/2013
Citation: Karlen, D.L. 2013. Standards, Certification, and Indicators for Biofuel Sustainability: A review of the CSBP, BMAS and Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP). 3rd Sino-U.S. Advanced Biofuels Forum, December 9-13, 2013, Beijing, China. Available at: http://www.ebiomass.cn/meeting/forum2013/hynr/huiyidongtai_nr6.html. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Sustainable biomass feedstock supplies are needed globally for emerging bioenergy and bio-product development, but how can society know these materials are being produced, harvested, and transported in a sustainable manner? This presentation examines three different programs in the U.S. focused on providing such a guarantee. The first is a voluntary, scientifically-based Council for Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP) standard developed by and for biomass growers and bioenergy producers. The 2007 to 2013 history of CSBP will be briefly reviewed. The BMAS (Biomass Market Access Standard) is a second generation effort evolving in the post-CSBP era to enable growers and bioenergy producers to verify their products meet environmental and social sustainability goals. The third approach, known as the Global BioEnergy Partnership (GBEP), was founded by the G8 in 2005 to promote "the continued development and commercialization of renewable energy … particularly in developing countries where biomass use is prevalent." Information about the 24 GBEP indicators will be presented and opportunities for Advanced Biofuels Forum participants to become involved with the voluntary efforts, such as promoting wider production and use of modern bioenergy, contributing science-based information to a global knowledge base, and participating in studies comparing indicator changes over time will be discussed.