Catalyzing the debate on developing global approaches for certifying sustainable biofuels is central to IPIECA's and CONCAWE's roles. We examine the state of the science, document the policies that are being applied by regulators, and assess the implications for the fuels and biofuels industries. Past workshops have looked at the need for chain of custody systems (2008), indirect land use change (2009), and the biofuels-water nexus (2010).
The 2012 Biofuels Workshop, Biofuels sustainability standards and regulations, reviewed the status of regional regulations impacting biofuels sustainability certification, assess the implementation of standards and voluntary schemes and consider improvements. It also provided an opportunity to compare biofuels sustainability with other industries with similar objectives.
Speakers included representatives from the United Nations, regulators, biofuels producers, environmental groups, as well as academic and industry participants.