The key conclusion of the chapter on food security is that bioenergy can contribute to sustainable energy supplies even with increasing food demands, preservation of forests, protected lands, and rising urbanization. The use of land for bioenergy is inextricably linked to food security, environmental quality, and social development. Whether these consequences are positive or negative depends on how these linkages are managed.
The chapter ‘Bioenergy Economics and Policies‘ concludes that climate and energy policies and energy prices are key drivers for current bioenergy use and the emerging bioeconomy. The bioeconomy is part of a larger transition to a more resource efficient society that relies less on finite fossil energy sources. A coherent climate, energy and agricultural policy package is needed to stimulate immature biobased industries and to deal with undesirable indirect effects of the bioeconomy.
Please find enclosed the “SCOPE report on Bioenergy and Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps” press release. The report has been launched by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) at the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), São Paulo, Brazil. The report is a collective effort with contributions from 137 researchers of 82 institutions in 24 countries. The peer reviewed report “Bioenergy & Sustainability“ is led by researchers associated to the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) Programs on Bioenergy, Biodiversity and Climate Change, and developed under the aegis of SCOPE and a Scientific Advisory Committee. BE-Basic experts have contributed to 9 of the 21 chapters.