EXPANDING BIOFUEL PRODUCTION AND THE TRANSITION TO ADVANCED BIOFUELS

LESSONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST

SUMMARY OF A WORKSHOP

Patricia Koshel and Kathleen McAllister Rapporteurs

Science and Technology for Sustainability Program

Policy and Global Affairs

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S u S tainability S cience and t echnology Expanding BiofuEl production and thE tranSition to advancEd BiofuElS L essons s ustainabi L ity u pper m idwest for from the Summary of a WorkShop Patricia Koshel and Kathleen McAllister Rapporteurs Science and Technology for Sustainability Program Policy and Global Affairs THE naTional acadEmiEs prEss Washington, d.c. www.nap.edu

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STEERING COMMITTEE ON EXPANDING BIOFUEL PRODUCTION: SUSTAINABILITY AND THE TRANSITION TO ADVANCED BIOFUELS Patrick Atkins, Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) John Carberry (Committee Chair), Former Director, Environmental Technology, DuPont Peter Ciborowski, Research Scientist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Elisabeth Graffy, Economist, U.S. Geological Survey, Office of the Associate Director for Geography Nathanael Greene, Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council Jason Hill, Research Associate, University of Minnesota Tracey Holloway, Director, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marcia Patton-Mallory, Bioenergy and Climate Change Specialist, U.S. Forest Service Bruce Rodan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gary Radloff, Director of Policy and Strategic Communications, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection 

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Preface and Acknowledgments To follow up on discussions held by the Roundtable on Science and Technol- ogy for Sustainability, the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program appointed a steering committee of subject matter experts to plan a workshop that would explore further the implications for sustainability of expanding biofuel production. Initial discussions suggested that many local and regional impacts associated with expanding biofuels exist in the U.S. Upper Midwest, so the workshop focused specifically on this region. In June 2009 the steering committee convened the workshop with the specific purpose of developing a better understanding of the lessons that can be learned from the experience with producing corn-based ethanol and the likely environ- mental, economic, social, and energy security impacts of advanced biofuels. The workshop offered an opportunity for dialogue between researchers and policy makers on the sustainability impacts of expanding biofuel production at state and regional levels. The workshop also sought to identify policy objectives and chal - lenges facing state officials related to biofuels, provide examples of research that may be useful to state decision-makers, and evaluate various tools and indicators of possible use to state policy makers in assessing the likely sustainability impacts and tradeoffs of their choices. This document has been prepared by the workshop rapporteurs as a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop. The statements made in this volume are those of the rapporteurs and do not necessarily represent positions of the workshop participants as a whole, the steering committee, the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, or the National Academies. This workshop summary is the result of substantial effort and collaboration among several organizations and individuals. We wish to extend a sincere thanks ii

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iii PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS to each member of the steering committee for his/her contributions in scoping, developing, and carrying out this project. The project would not have been possible without the financial support of its external sponsor, the Energy Foundation. It also benefitted from internal sup - port provided by the George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability Science. This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures ap- proved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for quality and objectivity. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Richard Cruse, Iowa State University; Gregory Nemet, University of Wisconsin; Gary Radloff, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture; and Lisa Shames, U.S. Government Accountability Office. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive com- ments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the author(s) and the institution. Patricia Koshel and Kathleen McAllister Rapporteurs

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Contents I Introduction and Overview 1 II Policies Driving the Expansion of Biofuel Production 5 III Next-Generation Technologies and Feedstocks 11 IV Dimensions of Sustainability and Expanding Biofuel Production 15 V Going Forward 29 APPENDIXES A Workshop Agenda 39 B Workshop Participants 45 C Description of Agency Activities on Biofuels and Sustainability 49 D Brief Survey of State Biofuel Policies in the Upper Midwest 101 E Assessing the Sustainability of Biofuels: Metrics, Models, and Tools for Evaluating the Impact of Biofuels 117 F Selected Bibliography 141 G Biographical Information: Workshop Participants 147 H The Science and Technology for Sustainability Roundtable and Roster of Members 165 ix

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