Next Article in Journal
Research on the Synergy Degree of Aboveground and Underground Space along Urban Rail Transit from the Perspective of Urban Sustainable Development
Next Article in Special Issue
The Effect of the Invasive Plant Species Lupinus polyphyllus Lindl. on Energy Recovery Parameters of Semi-Natural Grassland Biomass
Previous Article in Journal
Changes in Cropland Status and Their Driving Factors in the Koshi River Basin of the Central Himalayas, Nepal
Previous Article in Special Issue
Production of Biodiesel Using Immobilized Lipase and the Characterization of Different Co-Immobilizing Agents and Immobilization Methods
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2016, 8(9), 936; doi:10.3390/su8090936

Evaluation of Ecological Criteria of Biofuel Certification in Germany

1
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Jägerallee 15, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
2
Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin, Freie Ihnestrasse 22, D-14195 Berlin, Germany
3
Meo Carbon Solutions, Hohenzollernring 72, D-50672 Köln, Germany
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Michael Wachendorf
Received: 16 June 2016 / Revised: 26 August 2016 / Accepted: 2 September 2016 / Published: 13 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomass Energy Conversion)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [1117 KB, uploaded 13 September 2016]   |  

Abstract

The share of biofuels has increased significantly over the last decade, which has lead to several negative impacts on the environment. As a solution, several governments worldwide have promoted the use of certification systems, which have been implemented and in some cases have even been established as mandatory regulations. Due to the focus of the public debate, standard-setting has mainly been limited to developing and newly industrializing countries. Hence, the issues of environmental impacts as a consequence of agricultural intensification in Germany has been given little attention, and the question whether existing biofuel certification systems sufficiently cover ecological issues remains. In order to answer this question, this study performs a benchmarking analysis of selected certification systems, whereby their ability to ensure ecological sustainability is evaluated and compared. The assessment reveals that the currently existing national ordinances, like Cross Compliance, are in many aspects insufficient to ensure sustainability. Contrarily, they often deter necessary discussions to tackle these issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: biofuel certification; biofuel policy; EU RED; Cross Compliance; Germany biofuel certification; biofuel policy; EU RED; Cross Compliance; Germany
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Selbmann, K.; Pforte, L. Evaluation of Ecological Criteria of Biofuel Certification in Germany. Sustainability 2016, 8, 936.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top