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Title: Can upstream biofuel production increase the flow of downstream ecosystem goods and services?

Abstract

Here, advanced biomass feedstocks tend to provide more non-fuel ecosystem goods and services (ES) than 1st-generation alternatives. We explore the idea that payment for non-fuel ES could facilitate market penetration of advanced biofuels by closing the profitability gap. As a specific example, we discuss the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB), where 1st-generation bioenergy feedstocks (e.g., corn-grain) have been integrated into the agricultural landscape. Downstream, the MARB drains to the Gulf of Mexico, where the most-valuable fishery in the US is impacted by annual formation of a large hypoxic “Dead zone.” We suggest that advanced biomass production systems in the MARB can increase and stabilize the provision of ES derived from the coastal and marine ecosystems of the Gulf-of-Mexico. Upstream, we suggest that choosing feedstocks based on their resistance or resilience to disturbance (e.g., perennials, diverse feedstocks) can increase reliability in ES provision over time. Direct feedbacks to incentivize producers of advanced feedstocks are currently lacking. Perhaps a shift from first-generation biofuels to perennial-based fuels and other advanced bioenergy systems (e.g., algal diesel, biogas from animal wastes) can be encouraged by bringing downstream environmental externalities into the market for upstream producers. In future, we can create such feedbacks through payments for ES,more » but significant research is needed to pave the way.« less

Authors:
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1458385
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Biomass and Bioenergy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 114; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0961-9534
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Ecosystem goods and services; Reliability; Perennial feedstocks; Bioenergy; Gulf of Mexico; Hypoxia; Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)

Citation Formats

Jager, Henriette I., and Efroymson, Rebecca Ann. Can upstream biofuel production increase the flow of downstream ecosystem goods and services?. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.08.027.
Jager, Henriette I., & Efroymson, Rebecca Ann. Can upstream biofuel production increase the flow of downstream ecosystem goods and services?. United States. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.08.027.
Jager, Henriette I., and Efroymson, Rebecca Ann. Sat . "Can upstream biofuel production increase the flow of downstream ecosystem goods and services?". United States. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.08.027. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1458385.
@article{osti_1458385,
title = {Can upstream biofuel production increase the flow of downstream ecosystem goods and services?},
author = {Jager, Henriette I. and Efroymson, Rebecca Ann},
abstractNote = {Here, advanced biomass feedstocks tend to provide more non-fuel ecosystem goods and services (ES) than 1st-generation alternatives. We explore the idea that payment for non-fuel ES could facilitate market penetration of advanced biofuels by closing the profitability gap. As a specific example, we discuss the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB), where 1st-generation bioenergy feedstocks (e.g., corn-grain) have been integrated into the agricultural landscape. Downstream, the MARB drains to the Gulf of Mexico, where the most-valuable fishery in the US is impacted by annual formation of a large hypoxic “Dead zone.” We suggest that advanced biomass production systems in the MARB can increase and stabilize the provision of ES derived from the coastal and marine ecosystems of the Gulf-of-Mexico. Upstream, we suggest that choosing feedstocks based on their resistance or resilience to disturbance (e.g., perennials, diverse feedstocks) can increase reliability in ES provision over time. Direct feedbacks to incentivize producers of advanced feedstocks are currently lacking. Perhaps a shift from first-generation biofuels to perennial-based fuels and other advanced bioenergy systems (e.g., algal diesel, biogas from animal wastes) can be encouraged by bringing downstream environmental externalities into the market for upstream producers. In future, we can create such feedbacks through payments for ES, but significant research is needed to pave the way.},
doi = {10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.08.027},
journal = {Biomass and Bioenergy},
number = C,
volume = 114,
place = {United States},
year = {Sat Sep 09 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Sat Sep 09 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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