Talk:RSB principle on Technologies
and criteria (Version 0)
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Comment regarding "Guidance"
The "Guidance" reads:
- The focus shall be on technologies that might pose a hazard to people or the environment. The technology provider must not withold any relevant information that might influence the choice of another stakeholder to use a technology. Biofuel producers must be able to provide information about any technology used along the value chain as far as it does not violate intellectual property. The use of biotechnologies must be in full compliance with the Cartagena Protocol and any relevant national legislation.
- Change last sentence to: ...in full compliance with the Cartagena Protocol and/or any relevant national legislation
Including only countries "in full compliance with the Cartagena Protocol" may exlude GM plant-derived biofuels produced in countries that are not signatories of the Biosafety protocol, which include the United States. Although not a signatory, the US has competent regulatory authorities and an extensive history of safely regulating GM plants.
--This comment added by User:Tbston; some formatting by User:Admin.
The criteria against which technologies are ranked should be based on the most up-to-date information and studies. A new paper by Jacobson at Stanford ranks feedstocks -
For continuous improvement, it is important to consider all of the impacts, such as how much land is used (which makes switchgrass a problem) and the impacts of processing technologies - such as air pollution. This paper did not discuss Miscanthus, which may be an improvement over switchgrass.
In-depth comment by User:Kirkleon
- See the in-depth Comment on biotechnologies by User Kirkleon.