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Sustainable bioenergy: Current status and outlook
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Since Summer 2007, Öko-Institut (Institute for Applied Ecology) and IFEU (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, a non-profit limited liability company, Heidelberg) are carrying out the project "Development of Strategies and Sustainability Standards for the Certification of Biomass for International Trade (Bio-global)", on behalf of Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environmental Agency). The study is based on the fact that the production of renewable raw materials (biomass) and their application range are significantly increasing at present as a result of ambitious growth objectives adopted in Germany, the EU, the U.S., as well as several developing countries. Low-cost imports from third countries are leading to a steady rise in global trade with biogenic resources and energy carriers. This development results in conflicts between ecological and social objectives which might counteract the political efforts to protect the climate, biodiversity and resources - not only in Europe, but also at the international level. For this reason, viable, internationally negotiable strategies and instruments have to be developed in order to avoid or at least significantly reduce potential conflicts of objectives of increasing biomass use. The project is based on current research and is aimed at working out concrete proposals for standards and certification systems and their implementation at the national, European and global level.
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