Council of European Union and European Parliament are Presented with New ILUC Data

Sep 28, 2017

US Experts School Parliament on ILUC

Funded with support from the National Biodiesel Foundation, Wally Tyner from Purdue University will be travelling to Brussels and Strasbourg at the end of September to present to the Council of the European Union and European Parliament. Tyner will be summarizing work coordinated by NBB and the National Biodiesel Foundation and funded in part by the European Biodiesel Board and a handful of US qualified state soybean boards. The purpose of this work is to identify errors in the EU modeling of indirect land use change (ILUC).

Tyner developed the GTAP-BIO model for use by the California Air Resources Board, and recently published an article in Biotechnology for Biofuels suggesting further reduction in ILUC penalties for soy and corn. NBB contracted with Tyner to compare the inner workings of the GTAP model with the GLOBIOM model used in Europe.  The differences between the models are significant and point to improvements that would likely reduce ILUC in both modes and most significantly reduce ILUC predicted by the European modeling by more than 50%.

Faulty modeling of ILUC has led environmental activists in Europe to assert that biodiesel made from rapeseed oil, soy, and palm oil is twice as dirty as petroleum diesel.   These accusations led the European Commission to propose reducing policy support for these feedstocks under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) after 2020.