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Date:3/4/2008

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  • Sugarcane and bagasse, the solid residue after juices are pressed from the sugarcane stalk, form the bulk of potential future feedstock supplies, representing about two-thirds of the total available for export or biofuel in 2017.

  • Soybeans are next in importance in terms of available supply potential in 2017, representing about 18 percent of the total.

  • Most future supplies of corn and wheat are projected to be allocated to food and feed and would not be available for biofuels. Canada may be an exception because government programs will likely cause these crops to be used as feedstock to meet their domestic biofuel targets over the coming decade.

  • In the various countries assessed, recent changes in national policies and laws are catalyzing investments in biofuel industries to meet targets for fuel blending that generally fall in the 5 percent to 10 percent range.

  • Social and environmental concerns associated with the expansion of feedstock production are considered in the report, including land availability and efforts to establish systems for certification of sustainable production.

  • Sugarcane dominates potential supply among the crops studied while bagasse the crushed stalk residue from sugarcane processing and forest industry residues are the principle sources among potential cellulosic supplies.


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