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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

New biofuels publications offer case studies from three continents, serve as tool kit for decision makers

VIENNA, 12 March 2014 – Two new publications on biofuels, released by the United Nations Industrial development Organization (UNIDO), will help promote investment in biofuel production by explaining the social and environmental sustainability and economic feasibility of biofuels, and will offer a set of case studies in the field from different continents.

The publications were prepared in  collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and three research partners, IFEU Heidelberg, Utrecht University and Öko-Institut.

The publications were developed under the project “Global Assessments and Guidelines for Sustainable Liquid Biofuel Production in Developing Countries”, funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF):

The Biofuels Screening Toolkit. Guidelines for decision makers was designed to assist in making informed decisions about biofuel projects. The guidelines will help encourage and promote investment in biofuel production when it is socially and environmentally sustainable, as well as economically viable.

“We seek to provide guidance to countries interested in sustainable biofuel production. The project team assessed 74 liquid biofuel pathways for both transport and stationary applications in developing countries,” said Diego Masera, chief of UNIDO’s Renewable and Rural Energy Unit.

The second publication, Impacts of Biofuel Production Case Studies: Mozambique, Argentina and Ukraine, features biofuel production case studies at different stages of industrial development. The environmental and socio-economic impact assessments of these biofuel production examples provide valuable lessons learnt for future project design.

The new publications capitalize on the experiences of UNIDO, GEF, UNEP and FAO in the field of sustainable biofuel development and build upon the recently published Global Assessments and Guidelines for Sustainable Liquid Biofuel Production in Developing Countries (Final Report and Executive Summary).

For more information please contact:

Diego Masera

Chief, UNIDO Renewable and Rural Energy Unit

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The publications can be accessed here.