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Record number 547273
Title Levelling the playing field for EU biomass usage
Author(s) Philippidis, George; Bartelings, Heleen; Helming, John; M’barek, Robert; Smeets, Edward; Meijl, Hans van
Source Economic Systems Research 31 (2019)2. - ISSN 0953-5314 - p. 158 - 177.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09535314.2018.1564020
Department(s) International Policy
Programmamanagement
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Bioeconomy - CGE - foresight study - MAGNET
Abstract

The threats of climate change, food security, resource depletion and energy security are driving society towards a sustainable low-carbon future. Within this paradigm, biomass plays an invaluable role in meeting the food, feed, energy and material needs of future generations. Current EU thinking advocates biomass for high-value materials, which is not aligned with EU public policy support for ‘lower value’ bioenergy applications. ‘High-technology’ and ‘no bioenergy mandate’ pathways explore market conditions that generate a more equitable distribution between competing biomass conversion technologies and competing biomass and fossil technologies. In achieving greater equity, these pathways ease biomass market tensions; enhance EU food security; improve EU biobased trade balances; accelerate biomaterial sectors’ output performance and favour macroeconomic growth. Moreover, an additional 80% increase in the oil price signals a tipping point in favour of first generation biofuels, whilst simultaneously boosting output in advanced material conversion technologies even more than the high-technology pathway.

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