The 2016 Billion-ton Report: Towards Commercialization
Matthew Langholtz, Natural Resource & Environmental Economist, Oak Ridge
Hosted by: Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems
The 2016 Billion-ton report (BT16) is third in series of reports
evaluating potential biomass resource supply of the conterminous United
States. The 2005 Billion-Ton Study (BTS) identified the potential to
produce upwards of 1 billion dry tons of biomass annually on the United
States, sufficient to displace 30 percent of then-current petroleum
consumption. 2011 Billion-Ton Update (BT2) modeled potential economic
availability under assumed market and yield scenarios.
Building on these
previous analyses, the BT16
- updates the farmgate/roadside analysis
using latest-available data and specified enhancements,
additional feedstocks, including algae and specified biomass crops, and
expands the analysis to include transportation costs to biorefineries
under specified logistical assumptions.
The 2016 Billion-Ton Report
(BT16) is to be released in two volumes.
- Volume 1 of the BT16 focuses on
resource analysis as described above.
- Volume 2 of the BT16, targeted
for release in early 2017, evaluates changes in select environmental
indicators (water quality, water quantity, greenhouse gas emissions, air
quality, soil organic carbon, and biodiversity) associated with select
production scenarios of the BT16 Volume 1.
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