Global Bio-Pact

global bio-pact logoWhen the RSB was part of EPFL, it participated in the Global Bio-Pact project (“Global Bio-Pact Global Assessment of Biomass and Bioproduct Impacts on Socioeconomics and Sustainability”), which is funded through the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the EU. The main aim of the project is the development and harmonization of global sustainability certification systems for biomass production, conversion systems and trade in order to prevent negative socio-economic impacts.A core activity of the Global-Bio-Pact project is the elaboration of case studies on socioeconomic impacts of different biofuel and bioproduct value chains. Seven case studies were prepared by the Global-Bio-Pact consortium, including biodiesel from soy in Argentina, bioethanol from sugarcane in Costa Rica, lignocellulosic ethanol and pyrolysis refineries in Canada, Jatropha oil and biodiesel in Tanzania.All seven case study reports are available for download on the Global-Bio-Pact website. The results of these case studies are now being used for the identification of socioeconomic sustainability indicators which could be potentially integrated into biofuel certification schemes. Furthermore, recommendations are currently being formulated on how to address socio-economic impacts in sustainability schemes, as requested, for example, for biofuels used in transport applications by the European Commission in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The RSB is mostly involved in the following work packages: WP7 (recommendations on the integration of public perception in policy development) and WP8 (impact indicators).For more information please see http://www.globalbiopact.eu