Land-use change and greenhouse gas emissions from corn and cellulosic ethanol

Jennifer Marie Dunn, Steffen Mueller, Ho Young Kwon, Michael Q. Wang

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Biofuels are often considered to be among the technologies that can reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of the transportation sector. Yet the changes in land use that could accompany the production of biofuel feedstocks and the subsequent environmental impacts, including GHG emissions, are a potential disadvantage of biofuels. Land-use change (LUC) occurs when land is converted to biofuel feedstock production from other uses or states, including non-feedstock agricultural lands, forests, and grasslands. This type of LUC is sometimes called direct LUC. The resulting change in crop production levels (e.g., an increase in corn production may cause a decrease in soybean production) and exports may shift land uses domestically and abroad through economic linkages. This latter type of LUC is called indirect LUC and can be estimated through the use of economic models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFuel Production from Non-Food Biomass
Subtitle of host publicationCorn Stover
PublisherApple Academic Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781498728430
ISBN (Print)9781771881234
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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