Sustainability Science Program

Biofuel Certification Workshop

May 11-12, 2009

Organizer
Henry Lee, Jassim M. Jaidah Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Workshop description
The Workshop on "Certification Processes for Biofuels" brought together a group of experts from academia, business and government to address certification challenges for biofuels. Efforts to stimulate an international biofuels market were discussed. Policy issues emerging as countries craft biofuel certification processes to meet EU and US federal and state requirements were reviewed. A set of principles to guide the design of a global market for biofuels was presented by Prof. Ricardo Hausmann, with particular attention given to the need to create "scaffolding" to deal with uncertain regulation in complementary policy arenas. Controversial issues such as enforcement and compliance, accounting for indirect impacts, R&D, and governance were discussed. A report will be produced that can be carried to the G8 environment ministers meeting prior to the full G8 Summit in July, 2009.

Workshop report

Devereaux, Charan and Henry Lee. 2009. Biofuels and Certification: A Workshop at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. CID Working PaperNo.187 Joint Center for International Development and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Working Paper, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.

Program

Participants Listand Biographies

Background readings

Lee, Henry, William C. Clark and Charan Devereaux. 2008. Biofuels and Sustainable Development. CID Working PaperNo. 174, Joint Center for International Development and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Working Paper, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.

Hausmann, Ricardo and Rodrigo Wagner. 2009. Draft. Certification strategies, industrial development and the making of a global market for biofuels. Center for International Development, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.

Matus, Kira. 2009. Draft. Standardization, certification and labeling: Lessons from theory and practice. CID Graduate Student and Research Fellow Working PaperNo. 37, Center for International Development, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.

Location
Harvard Kennedy School

Sponsors
Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea
Sustainability Science Program, Center for International Development, Harvard University
Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Contact information
Amanda Swanson, Environment and Natural Resources Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School amanda_swanson@harvard.edu; +1-617-495-1351