, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 1–4 | Cite as

Good policy follows good science: using criteria and indicators for assessing sustainable biofuel production

  • Alan D. Hecht
  • Denice Shaw
  • Randy Bruins
  • Virginia Dale
  • Keith Kline
  • Alice Chen
Guest Editorial


Developing scientific criteria and indicators should play a critical role in charting a sustainable path for the rapidly developing biofuel industry. The challenge ahead in developing such criteria and indicators is to address the limitations on data and modeling.


Biofuels Criteria Indicators Sustainability 



We thank Terry McIntrye (Environment Canada), Andy Miller (U.S. EPA), Bryce Stokes and Jeff Steiner (USDA), Gary Sayles (University of Tennessee), and Robin O’Malley (Heinz Center) for their review and helpful comments. The Office of the Biomass Programs of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supported research by Virginia Dale and Keith Kline on sustainability issues related to bioenergy. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed for DOE by UT-Battelle, LLC under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan D. Hecht
    • 1
  • Denice Shaw
    • 2
  • Randy Bruins
    • 3
  • Virginia Dale
    • 4
  • Keith Kline
    • 4
  • Alice Chen
    • 5
  1. 1.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD)WashingtonUSA
  2. 2.National Center for Environmental Assessment (ORD)WashingtonUSA
  3. 3.National Exposure Research Laboratory (ORD)CincinnatiUSA
  4. 4.Environmental Sciences DivisionOak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)Oak RidgeUSA
  5. 5.AAASEPA ORDWashingtonUSA

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