Appropriateness of a 350 million litre biofuels target

In July 2003, the Australian Government commissioned a report from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, jointly with the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, on the appropriateness of maintaining an objective that biofuels, produced in Australia from renewable resources, contribute at least 350 million litres (ML) to the total fuel supply by 2010. Using existing literature, the study was to assess the net environmental (ie greenhouse, air quality and other, including health) benefits of replacing fossil fuels with Australian sourced biofuels in the Australian transport mix, together with the economic and regional benefits. The study was to include consideration of industry viability in producing biofuels in Australia and the cost-effectiveness of assistance to achieve any estimated net public benefits. In light of an effective six to eight year time horizon for the study, the focus is on production options that are already technically viable, or very close to being so, rather than on alternatives that may possibly become viable in a longer time frame. Thus, for example, ethanol production from lignocellulosics and the new Zeachem process are not included in the analysis.

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    • Appendices in separate volume.
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    Australia. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE)

    Canberra, ACT   

    Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE


    Australia. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE



  • Publication Date: 2003-12


  • English

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  • Pagination: 181p + appendices

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  • Accession Number: 01388789
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 1:17AM