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Title: A framework for selecting indicators of bioenergy sustainability

Abstract

A framework for selecting and evaluating indicators of bioenergy sustainability is presented. This framework is designed to facilitate decision-making about which indicators are useful for assessing sustainability of bioenergy systems and supporting their deployment. Efforts to develop sustainability indicators in the United States and Europe are reviewed. The first steps of the framework for indicator selection are defining the sustainability goals and other goals for a bioenergy project or program, gaining an understanding of the context, and identifying the values of stakeholders. From the goals, context, and stakeholders, the objectives for analysis and criteria for indicator selection can be developed. The user of the framework identifies and ranks indicators, applies them in an assessment, and then evaluates their effectiveness, while identifying gaps that prevent goals from being met, assessing lessons learned, and moving toward best practices. The framework approach emphasizes that the selection of appropriate criteria and indicators is driven by the specific purpose of an analysis. Realistic goals and measures of bioenergy sustainability can be developed systematically with the help of the framework presented here.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1265632
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 1; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-104X
Publisher:
Wiley
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 09 BIOMASS FUELS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; best management practices; bioenergy; biomass; criteria; indicators; sustainability

Citation Formats

Dale, Virginia H., Efroymson, Rebecca Ann, Kline, Keith L., and Davitt, Marcia S. A framework for selecting indicators of bioenergy sustainability. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1002/bbb.1562.
Dale, Virginia H., Efroymson, Rebecca Ann, Kline, Keith L., & Davitt, Marcia S. A framework for selecting indicators of bioenergy sustainability. United States. doi:10.1002/bbb.1562.
Dale, Virginia H., Efroymson, Rebecca Ann, Kline, Keith L., and Davitt, Marcia S. Mon . "A framework for selecting indicators of bioenergy sustainability". United States. doi:10.1002/bbb.1562. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1265632.
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abstractNote = {A framework for selecting and evaluating indicators of bioenergy sustainability is presented. This framework is designed to facilitate decision-making about which indicators are useful for assessing sustainability of bioenergy systems and supporting their deployment. Efforts to develop sustainability indicators in the United States and Europe are reviewed. The first steps of the framework for indicator selection are defining the sustainability goals and other goals for a bioenergy project or program, gaining an understanding of the context, and identifying the values of stakeholders. From the goals, context, and stakeholders, the objectives for analysis and criteria for indicator selection can be developed. The user of the framework identifies and ranks indicators, applies them in an assessment, and then evaluates their effectiveness, while identifying gaps that prevent goals from being met, assessing lessons learned, and moving toward best practices. The framework approach emphasizes that the selection of appropriate criteria and indicators is driven by the specific purpose of an analysis. Realistic goals and measures of bioenergy sustainability can be developed systematically with the help of the framework presented here.},
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journal = {Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining},
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