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The Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF) website aims to provide access to information, to assist stakeholders in understanding differences in terminology and approaches, and to build trust regarding the broad set of documentation relevant to U.S. biomass-based production.

Our goal is to provide referenceable and reliable information as requested by the research and development community working to support more sustainable bioenergy research and development via voluntary standards and a variety of public-private partnerships. We also provide information, where available, on relevant requirements covered by laws and regulatory mechanisms in the United States for specific bioenergy production systems.


Site Objectives:

  • Provide practical information about standards most relevant to U.S. economic development
  • Share examples of recent application standards that have been applied in the United States
  • Distribute results of analyses regarding potential pros and cons and costs/benefits of different approaches to sustainability assessment
  • Improve access to a variety of resources pertinent to evaluating and monitoring the sustainability of biomass, bioenergy, and the bioeconomy.

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The Bioenergy Sustainability Tradeoffs Assessment Resource (BioSTAR) tool is being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy  Bioenergy Technologies Office.

BioSTAR is designed to help stakeholders quantify and visualize the potential sustainability benefits and tradeoffs of cellulosic biomass production systems.

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Bioenergy Technologies Office

Advancing a thriving and sustainable bioeconomy fueled by innovative technologies.

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is focused on early-stage research and development to support a thriving bioenergy industry that protects natural resources and advances environmental and economic benefits.

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