Environmental, Social, & Economic Impact Analysis

It is not enough to simply produce a biofuel or chemical in a novel way; as researchers we have a responsibility to ensure that our innovations impact our environment and society in a positive way.  This program was created to examine the economic, social, and environmental impacts of developed processes to better inform decision-making by stakeholders and policymakers who seek to promote the development of the renewable energy and sustainable chemistry sectors. Scientists involved in this program analyze the effects of different processes and policies on land and water use, greenhouse gas emissions, soil carbon, and biodiversity, and they also assess the economic viability of emerging technologies.