Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels


United Nations
Stefan Bringezu
Helmut Schütz
Meghan O´Brien
Lea Kauppi
Robert W. Howarth
Jeff McNeel
1 January 2009

The report provides policy information on the assessment of the environmental and social costs and benefits of biofuels. It examines concerns of critical developments and reviews the options for a more sustainable use of biomass and measures to increase resource productivity. The focus is on first generation biofuels as the state-of-the-art with some discussion of advanced biofuesl, putting technology and policy development into perspective and addressing the needs for research and development.