Working Paper

An evaluation of approaches for quantifying emissions from indirect land use change


  • Delzeit
  • R.
  • Klepper
  • G.
  • Söder
  • M.
Publication Date

The contribution of biofuels to save greenhouse gas emissions has been challenged over the last years. A still unresolved question is how to quantify emissions from indirect land use change (iLUC). In this paper we review approaches to quantify iLUC-emissions. We conclude that economic simulation models have fewer drawbacks compared to two other approaches. We find that economic simulation models contain a high level of uncertainty with respect to key model parameters. Further, we conclude that it is inappropriate to calculate crop-specific iLUC-emissions and to include them into binding regulation. We argue that modelling results, particularly crop-specific ones, should not be used for policy decisions.


JEL Classification
C61, Q16, Q42

Key Words

  • biofuels
  • CGE modeling
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • indirect land use change

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