A recently published research paper proposes the use of a new method to calculate land use change, referred to as baseline time accounting. The paper, titled “Baseline time accounting: Considering global land use dynamics when estimating the climate impact of indirect land use change caused by biofuels,” was authored by Jesper Kløverpris of Novozymes A/S and Steffen Mueller from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The article has been published in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.
According to the researchers, indirect land use change (ILUC) models that aim to forecast the global warming impact of biofuel production generally incorporate time accounting in a simplistic way to allocate total carbon emitted from affected land to the volume of fuel that is produced.
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Source: Biomass Magazine, 2012-11-06.