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Sustainable Bioenergy Production - An Integrated Approach

Ruppert, Hans, Kappas, Martin, Ibendorf, Jens (Eds.)

2013, XVI, 451 p. 111 illus., 81 illus. in color.

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  • Provides an integrated approach to sustainable bioenergy development
  • Illuminates how to avoid conflicts regarding bioenergy production
  • Provides decision support for a further extension of bioenergy on the local and regional scale
  • Illustrates how to apply sustainability-science principles in villages and districts

This book focuses primarily on the advantages and implications of sustainable bioenergy production in terms of ensuring a more sustainable world despite its growing energy demands.

It addresses a new concept that focuses on the interactions between different uses of agricultural land (for example, agriculture for food, forage or energy and nature conservation) and their ecological, economic and societal impacts. This research concept provides new insights into the competition for resources and the synergies between different land uses.

Until recently, the transition towards renewable energy has been generally misunderstood as only an economic demand, rather than as a means to gain various social and ecological advantages. Today biomass can be produced to generate energy and renewable raw materials, while simultaneously benefitting soil resources, water resources and biodiversity. The transition to a ‘greener’ economy is an important precondition in order to achieve the sustainable development of societies.

To develop a modern, forward-looking energy supply from biomass, such as biomass for heat and power generation, and liquid biofuels for transport, there should be a balance between the amount of biomass required for food production and for material purposes. Crop types, production methods and conversion technologies need to be matched with local conditions within the different landscapes to establish a national transformation plan, and to reduce the increasing land-use competition between food/fodder versus energy crop production, as well as the use of forests for energy.

Rethinking the linkages between bioenergy, climate change, land use and water requires an integrated assessment of the energy, land and water nexus.

This book highlights research aimed at providing an integrated approach to sustainable bioenergy development and seeks to improve people’s understanding of bioenergy’s potentials for the future. It will be of interest not only to those involved in sustainable energy, but also to environmental planners, agriculture and soil specialists, and environmental policy-makers.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Bioenergy Potentials - Biogas - Biomass - Sustainable Bioenergy Production - Sustainable Development

Related subjects » Agriculture - Geography - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity - Renewable and Green Energy - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Part I: Setting the scene.- Sustainable bioenergy production: An integrated perspective.- Bioenergy villages in Germany: Applying the Göttingen Approach of Sustainability Science to promote sustainable bioenergy projects.- Part II: Do we have enough? - Biomass potentials for energy generation.- Estimation of global bioenergy potentials and their contribution to the world’s future energy demand – a short review.- A process-based vegetation model for estimating agricultural bioenergy potentials.- Modelling site-specific biomass potentials.- Part III: Can bioenergy production be environmentally sound?.- Integrative energy crop cultivation as a way to a more nature-orientated agriculture.- Scale-relevant impacts of biogas crop production: A methodology to assess environmental impacts and farm management capacities.- Part IV: Economic optimisation of bioenergy production.- Optimising bioenergy villages’ local heat supply networks.- Part V: Bridging bioenergy production and society.- Growth of biogas production in German agriculture: An analysis of farmers’ investment behaviour.- Social acceptance of bioenergy use and the success factors of communal bioenergy projects.- Applying the sustainability science principles of the Göttingen approach to initiate renewable energy solutions in three German districts.- Assessment of different bioenergy concepts in terms of sustainable development.- Part VI: Combustion of biomass for heat and power.- Emissions of organic and inorganic pollutants during the combustion of wood, straw and biogas.- Part VII:  Bioenergy from polluted soils.- Bioenergy production as an option for polluted soils – a non-phytoremediation approach.- Index.

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Distribution rights for India: Delhi Book Store, New Delhi, India

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