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Biofuels and Sustainable Transport: A Conceptual Discussion

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Author(s): Erling Holden | Geoffrey Gilpin

Journal: Sustainability
ISSN 2071-1050

Volume: 5;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 3129;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: ecological sustainability | sustainability assessment and strategies | biofuels | sustainable development | sustainable transport | industrial ecology | life cycle assessment

ABSTRACT
Strategies for sustainably using biofuels must be thoroughly assessed at several levels. First, the use of biofuels must comply with sustainable development’s main dimensions. Second, the use of biofuels must comply with sustainable transport’s main dimensions. Third, gains from using biofuels strategies must compare favorably to gains from other sustainable transport strategies, such as altering transport patterns and reducing transport volume. Fourth, the gains must compare favorably to gains from improving conventional fossil-fuel-based advanced vehicles. Fifth, the gains must compare favorably to gains from using other alternative fuels. Sixth, the gains from using one generation of biofuels (e.g., first generation) must compare favorably to gains from using others (e.g., second through fourth generations). Performing scientifically sound and fair comparisons demands reliable theoretical perspectives and a well-established methodological basis. Industrial ecology theory and life cycle assessment methodology, respectively, are well-suited for these tasks.
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