Argonne Lab report: systems approach improves sustainability

By | September 15, 2009
Biofuels sustainability can be addressed by considering the agricultural, energy and environmental sectors as one large system, according to "Biofuels, Land and Water: A Systems Approach to Sustainability," a recent study by the Argonne National Laboratory. Using marginal land and degraded water resources in Nebraska can increase biomass feedstock production to meet 22 percent of the state's energy requirements, compared with the current 2 percent. Approximately 1.5 million acres were determined to be marginal agricultural land, mostly in the western portion of the state. The systems approach could improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of biofuels, researchers said.