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Title: The limits of bioenergy for mitigating global lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.
Authors: Staples, Mark
Malina, Robert
Barrett, Steven
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Nature Energy, 2 (Art N° 16202)
Abstract: In this Article we quantify the optimal allocation and deployment of global bioenergy resources to offset fossil fuels in 2050. We find that bioenergy could reduce lifecycle emissions attributable to combustion-fired electricity and heat, and liquid transportation fuels, by a maximum of 4.9-38.7 Gt CO2e, or 9-68%, and that offsetting fossil fuel-fired electricity and heat with bioenergy is on average 1.6-3.9 times more effective for emissions mitigation than offsetting fossil fuelderived liquid fuel. However, liquid fuels make up 18-49% of global optimally allocated final bioenergy in our results for 2050. This indicates that a mix of bioenergy end-uses maximizes lifecycle emissions reductions. Finally, our findings demonstrate that emissions reductions are maximized by limiting deployment of total available primary bioenergy to 29-91%, and that lifecycle emissions are a constraint on the usefulness of bioenergy for mitigating global climate change.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/23021
DOI: 10.1038/nenergy.2016.202
ISI #: 000396303700003
ISSN: 2058-7546
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2018
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