Catalysing biofuel sustainability: International and national policy interventions

Authors Gasparatos, A.
Year of Publication 2013
Type of Publication Journal Article
Journal Environmental Policy and Law
Volume 43
Pagination 216-221
Open Access No


The paper identifies the main policy drivers behind biofuel production, and the peripheral role of biofuel sustainability in current policies, particularly focusing on the successes and future challenges of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in promoting biofuel sustainability. Then, by using Sub-Saharan Africa as an example, it describes how the concept of “ecosystem services” can be of use for better understanding biofuel-related trade-offs as well as becoming the basis for assessment tools that can quantify such trade-offs in a policy-relevant manner.