EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

By Erin Voegele | July 26, 2017

The U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August.

According to a notice published in the Federal Register, the SAB quality review process ensures that all draft reports developed by SAB panels, committees or workgroups are reviewed and approved by the chartered SAB before being finalized and transmitted to the EPA administrator. 

The SAB completed a review of the first draft accounting framework addressing scientific and technical issues associated with biogenic carbon dioxide in 2012. That framework, titled “Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources,” was published in September 2011. The EPA later revised the 2011 framework and requested the SAB conduct a review of the updated framework, titled “Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources,” which was published in November 2014. The SAB’s Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel published updated draft reports in August 2015 and February 2016. The SAB reviewed the updated draft report during a meeting held in early 2016. At that time, the SAB identified several issues with the draft and asked the Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to address those concerns and resubmit the report for another quality review. 

According to the notice, the purpose of the 2014 framework is to develop a method for calculating the adjustment, or biogenic assessment factor (BAF), for carbon emissions associated with the combustion of biogenic feedstocks taking into account the biological carbon cycle effects associated with their growth, harvest and processing. The SAB convened the Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to review the framework.

The SAB meeting is scheduled to be held Aug. 29-30 in Arlington, Virginia. Additional information on the meeting, including how to provide public input or request to make an oral comment during the meeting, can be found on the Federal Register website