Too often, discussions on bioenergy are insufficiently supported by hard evidence. Although this is understandable given the importance of the issues of sustainability, food security, climate change and social justice, it may not always contribute to finding the correct answers. Scientific research on many issues, e.g. net contribution of biofuel production from starch or oil crops to GHG emission reductions or impact of biofuel legislation on price increases and malnutrition) still is insufficient to allow final conclusions. Thus, the confusion is expected to remain here for a while. Increasingly, however, factual knowledge is becoming available. While this is often difficult to find in the massive information flows we are confronted with, and also because the real value is found in confronting individual pieces of information with each other, placing them in (historical) perspective, I think it is important to share such information. Internet can play a great role here. It is my intention to place from time to time some of the factual knowledge, plus insights that can be gained from them, on my website. Reactions are welcomed. Stay tuned.
Different methods are used to assess biomass availability.
We discuss four assessment methods and explain their differences.
Biobased economy allows for a much more efficient use of biomass. This factsheet lists major product types.
The impact of biofuels on cereal prices: not very large?
Application of sustainability criteria to sugar beet for ethanol production in the Netherlands
Climate change and biomass production: impact of increased weather fluctuations
Flyer Facts and figures
Ethanol and GHG emissions: Dutch sugar beets surprisingly efficient
Facts and figures sugar beet