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The GSB Project

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Global Land Project News
March, 2011
Collaborators welcome - Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project (PDF file, see pages 7 and 8)

Science|Business
March 11, 2010
No need to sacrifice food for fuel, say bioenergy experts

Biofuels Digest
March 8, 2010
Global Bioenergy Project kicks off with European convention, resolution

Biofuels, Bioproducts, & Biorefining
January, 2010
Interview: Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project offers a new approach to key bioenergy issues
Article (PDF file)
Abstract

Mail & Guardian Online
August 26, 2009
Make biofuels while sun shines

The Global Sustainable Bioenergy (GSB) project seeks to contribute to a sustainable world by expanding, disseminating, and applying understanding of the possibility and necessity of producing bioenergy on a very large scale while honoring other priorities. Distinctive features of the project are its global scope and participation as well as a forward-looking approach unconstrained by current practices and trends. Having completed Stage 1 of the project, involving five continental conventions held in 2010, the vision and action plan for Stage 2 is presented.

The objective of Stage 2 of the GSB project is to explore whether and how it is physically possible for bioenergy to sustainably meet a substantial fraction of future demand for energy services – e.g. 150 EJ annually, corresponding to 23% of primary energy supply in the IEA Blue Map Scenario (2010) – while feeding humanity and meeting other needs from managed lands, preserving wildlife habitat, and maintaining environmental quality.

This will be pursued via an interconnected set of tasks addressing potential levers for increasing bioenergy supply, factors that could be either levers or constraints, and potential/perceived showstoppers:

An improved inventory of current land use and characteristics will also be undertaken in order to provide a common reference point for GSB research tasks.

Preliminary analysis suggests that the levers identified for analysis:

If this potential is confirmed upon further analysis during Stage 2, this would likely transform the debate on land availability for sustainable bioenergy production from if to how, and would illuminate desirable paths to a beneficial bioenergy-intensive future.

Results of Stage 2 analysis are expected to provide a valuable, new context for consideration in Stage 3 of transition paths and policies incorporating analysis of macroeconomic, environmental, ethical and equity issues as well as local-scale effects on rural economies. In addition to informing understanding of the role of bioenergy in a global sustainable future, it is hoped that the GSB project will motivate in the near term exemplary projects that tangibly demonstrate the potential of bioenergy to be gracefully and beneficially produced while honoring other land-use priorities.

IN THE NEWS

Global Land Project News
March, 2011
Collaborators welcome - Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project (PDF file, see pages 7 and 8)

Science|Business
March 11, 2010
No need to sacrifice food for fuel, say bioenergy experts

Biofuels Digest
March 8, 2010
Global Bioenergy Project kicks off with European convention, resolution

Biofuels, Bioproducts, & Biorefining
January, 2010
Interview: Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project offers a new approach to key bioenergy issues
Article (PDF file)
Abstract

Mail & Guardian Online
August 26, 2009
Make biofuels while sun shines

Last Updated December 19, 2011