The Bio-Energy Evaluation Toolkit (BEET)
BEET is an analytic tool to support development, implementation and evaluation of bioenergy policies at the country level. It provides a quick turnaround capability to do “what if” and tradeoff analyses of bioenergy policy options in terms of national and energy security, economic, and agricultural and environmental goals. BEET uses data from updateable sources; and provides a consistent and auditable process for understanding the relationships between data inputs and Tool outputs. BEET enables users to evaluate bioenergy policy in terms of country goals such as reducing oil imports, increasing domestic biofuels production, improving balance of trade, sustaining food production, and reducing greenhouse emissions. It allows users to quickly examine the impacts of varying input assumptions and parameters (e.g., energy yields from different crops) upon country goals and the costs to produce bioenergy domestically. The BEET Project was sponsored by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and is a component of the U.S.-Brazil Biofuels Initiative, which advances cooperation on biofuels technology, investment, and practices between the U.S. and Brazil, as well as selected countries in the Caribbean and Central America. BEET is currently being applied in support of ethanol policy planning and analysis in El Salvador and Dominican Republic. This presentation will provide an overview of the BEET methodology and some recent applications.