Evaluating possible cap and trade legislation on cellulosic feedstock availability

Chad M. Hellwinckel, Tristram O. West, Daniel G. De La Torre Ugarte, Robert D. Perlack

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An integrated, socioeconomic biogeophysical model is used to analyze the interactions of cap-and-trade legislation and the Renewable Fuels Standard. Five alternative policy scenarios were considered with the purpose of identifying policies that act in a synergistic manner to reduce carbon emissions, increase economic returns to agriculture, and adequately meet ethanol mandates.We conclude that climate and energy policies can best be implemented together by offering carbon offset payments to conservation tillage, herbaceous grasses for biomass, and by constraining crop residue removal for ethanol feedstocks to carbon neutral level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-287
JournalGCB Bioenergy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • biofuel
  • biomass
  • carbon sequestration
  • emissions offsets
  • energy
  • ethanol
  • greenhouse gas emissions


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