EU’s JRC Announces Methodology for Calculating Carbon Stock Changes Related to Biofuels Production

9 July 2010: The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has created a methodology for predicting and measuring carbon change in soils and biomass due to land use changes, particularly those related to biofuels production.

The methodology, which was adopted by the European Commission in June 2010 to be incorporated into the EU's Renewable Energy Directive (RED), complies with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories. It aims to give industry, governments and NGOs a tool to work with in establishing certification schemes for biofuels, which are required for compliance with the RED. [EU Press Release] [JRC Sustainability of Bioenergy Site]