Navigation Links
New biofuel sustainability assessment tool and GHG calculator released
Date:6/16/2011

This release is available in German.

The new tool allows users to perform a self-assessment against the Principles and Criteria of the RSB and a self-risk assessment. The online tool also calculates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of biofuels for each lifecycle production step, from farming to final fuel distribution; this calculation can be done according to various methodologies. The development of the new tool, which is directly accessible (free of charge) at http://buiprojekte.f2.htw-berlin.de:1339/, took about two years and was supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

The RSB Standard comprises 12 principles and criteria for sustainable biofuel production, including environmental and social principles such as food security and human and labor rights. For instance, "Greenhouse Gas Emissions" aims to mitigate climate change by requiring that biofuels significantly reduce lifecycle GHG emissions compared to fossil fuels. Under this principle, operators along each step in the biofuel production chain must calculate the GHG emissions of their operations.

Such calculations are complex and require a sound knowledge in biofuels' life cycle assessment (LCA). To facilitate the RSB certification process, Empa in collaboration with the HTW Berlin developed a web-based tool allowing for the online calculation of biofuels' GHG emissions. Various GHG calculation methods are implemented, including the Swiss standard (for mineral-oil tax-relief), the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED) standard, the Californian standard and the RSB standard. By allowing a risk assessment of biofuels production and an evaluation based on the RSB sustainability principles, the tool forms the entry point to the RSB sustainability certification. "As such, the tool is targeted at all stakeholders in the biofuels sector, ranging from energy crop farmers and biofuel producers to traders who want to demonstrate the sustainability of their products", explains Empa researcher Rainer Zah, who was heading the project.

Zah's team at Empa has a long-standing record in LCA for biofuels. In 2007, they conducted an LCA for biofuels on behalf of the Swiss government, which became the basis for the OECD strategy on biofuels and for the Swiss ordinance on tax redemption for sustainable biofuels. In the following years, the Empa researchers have analyzed the direct and indirect impacts of biofuels production in various regions in Latin America, Africa and India; they developed the first web-based LCA tool for biofuels ("Sustainable Quick Check for Biofuels", SQCB) that formed the basis for the new web-tool.

The tool is freely available on the internet and can be used by any interested party who wishes to perform lifecycle GHG calculations of biofuels or assess their biofuel operations; it allows the user to conduct a self-assessment against the RSB Principles & Criteria and a self-risk assessment against the RSB Standard for Risk Management.


'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Rainer Zah
rainer.zah@empa.ch
41-587-654-604
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. First wood-digesting enzyme found in bacteria could boost biofuel production
2. Green and lean: Secreting bacteria eliminate cost barriers for renewable biofuel production
3. Study details path to sustainable aviation biofuels industry in Northwest
4. Fueled by trees: International New Phytologist Symposium on 2nd generation biofuels
5. MIT Study: conventional fossil fuels sometimes greener than biofuels
6. Striking the right balance: JBEI researchers counteract biofuel toxicity in microbes
7. The ethics of biofuels
8. Spikemoss genome offers new paths for biofuels research -- bridges plant development gap
9. Formidable fungal force counters biofuel plant pathogens
10. Current biofuels policies are unethical, says report
11. UCLA engineers demonstrate use of proteins as raw material for biofuels, biorefining
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/6/2017)... , Feb. 6, 2017 According to ... are driving border authorities to continue to embrace ... there are 2143 Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates ... deployed at more than 163 ports of entry ... to 2016 achieving a combined CAGR of 37%. ...
(Date:2/2/2017)... JACKSONVILLE, Fla. , Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... ), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the ... vaccines for the treatment of cancer and metastatic ... multi-gram scale-up and GMP manufacturing of a second ... T-cell vaccine targeting folate receptor alpha. The manufactured ...
(Date:2/1/2017)... 2017 IDTechEx Research, a leading provider of ... the availability of a new report, Sensors for Robotics: Technologies, ... Reading ... ... Source: IDTechEx Report "Sensors for Robotics: Technologies, Markets and Forecasts 2017-2027: ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Academy of ... the world’s leading maker of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), are launching a joint ... use drones effectively, and support educational outreach efforts. , AMA and DJI will ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... 16, 2017  ImMAGE Biotherapeutics (OTCMKTS: IMMG), an early-stage biotechnology ... a better treatment for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), announced ... France program. The YEi Start in ... to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France ... American companies selected to complete an intensive one week immersion ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... DUBLIN , Feb. 16, 2017 ... the "Synthetic Biology: Global Markets" report to ... ... synthetic-biology products (synthetic genes, biobrick parts, delivery plasmids, chassis ... DNA synthesis and assembly, genome editing, bioinformatics and specialty ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... 16, 2017 UCHealth ( Aurora, Colorado ... for pulmonary nodule patient management. In addition to optimizing ... spot on the lung, UCHealth looks to improve provider ... entry. Stephanie Brown, RN , Thoracic ... patients with an Excel spreadsheet, which was extremely arduous ...
Breaking Biology Technology: