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Working Paper: A Time Horizon for Counting Bioenergy Emissions

July 1, 2012 Work Area: Land Systems

In a working paper funded by CATF, Timothy Searchinger, the lead author of several seminal publications on the climate impact of biofuels, analyzes the appropriate timeframe in which to measure bioenergy’s net GHG emissions. Searchinger concludes that even a 20-year timeframe is generous, and considers the broader implications for bioenergy’s viability as a climate mitigation tool.