WEF Nexus in Energy Models: The Case of Biofuel | October 9th, 2018 | DG RTD, Brussels |
The focus group 'WEF Nexus in Energy Models: The Case of Biofuel' took place on Wednesday, 09 October 2019, in Brussels in the context of the 2019 conference of the Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E 2019): 'Modelling the implementation of A Clean Planet For All Strategy'.
The focus group aimed at a critical examination of the uncertainties, trade-offs and controversies surrounding the role of biofuels in decarbonisation objectives using a biophysical perspective based on the water-energy-food-land-climate nexus (see program). The discussion was informed by the results of our project 'Moving to Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security' (MAGIC), notably the innovation case study on Biofuels. Following a presentation by Mario Giampietro to prime the discussion (downloadable at the bottom of this page), the focus group addressed the following concerns:
- To what extent do biofuels contribute to sustainability (e.g. GHG savings, pressures on land), security of supply and market competitiveness - locally and globally?
- Is the long-term commitment to biofuels encouraging potentially dangerous loopholes (e.g. favour some unsustainable second-generation biofuels)?
- Do advanced biofuels represent a reliable net energy supply for the future (considering the current and future costs and scalability)?
The main outcomes of the focus group have been summarized in the minutes that can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.