Sustainable land use projects (including indirect land use change – ILUC – modelling

The Challenge: The European Commission is facing a difficult challenge to implement policy dealing with the indirect impacts (on land use) of expanding biofuel use in Europe. In an attempt to better understand and quantify the challenge, the Commission commissioned a series of studies in 2010 to model the impacts using global and partial equilibrium models. Thought leaders are of differing opinions regarding the accuracy and relevance of the modelling. 

Approach: LCAworks carried out a detailed comparison of the modelling methodologies and input data / assumptions and presented the findings in consistent units and frames of reference, facilitating clear comparison between the models and their inputs/assumptions. 

: The results have been used widely, including by the Commission itself as an input to further analysis