Biomass for energy
- lessons from the Bioenergy Boom -
(24-25 November 2014, Leipzig)

Biomass for biofuels

Session 4 “Biomass to biofuels - policy, markets, effects”
(24 November 2014, 04:00 - 06:30 pm, room 1D)

The transregional effects of the European policy on biofuels were discussed controversially in the last years. Different scientific approaches were tried to answer the questions: (1) if the EU biofuel policy was a major driver for e.g. land use change, deforestation, displacement of land user groups, land grabbing and food shortages in the producing countries and (2) how these transregional effects can be tracked and captured. In the session “Biomass to biofuels - policy, markets, effects”, computational modeling as well as political science approaches and results will be discussed to evaluate possibilities of their mutual completion to enable a better analysis of transregional effects.

Key topics:

  • Socio-ecologic/ land-use effects of biofuel promotion in different countries
  • Role of international trade and the European Biofuel Policy within these effects
  • Methodological perspectives (e.g. model-based, empirical analysis, political science) and connected scope of studies and results

Session chair: Linda Bausch (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany)


  • 04:10 - 04:35 pm: Christiana Plank (University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria): The Agrofuels Project in Ukraine
  • 04:35 - 05:00 pm: Anna Mohr (University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany): The control of socio-ecological criteria through private governance mechanisms
        Abstract        Presentation
  • Short break
  • 05:10 - 05:35 pm: Judith A. Verstegen (Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands): Stochastic projection of the effects of an increased biofuel demand on direct and indirect land use change in Brazil
    Abstract          Presentation
  • 05:35 - 06:00 pm: Christian Klassert (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany): Transregional Land-Use Effects of Biofuel Policies – Agent-Based Economic Analyses with the ILUC-MAP Model

    Abstract           Presentation
  • Discussion

      Report Session 4