Natural Resource Management and Policy

Handbook of Bioenergy Economics and Policy

Editors: Khanna, Madhu, Scheffran, Jürgen, Zilberman, David (Eds.)

  • Presents the latest research on the economics of land allocation between food and fuel and the current state of knowledge about feedstocks and technology
  • Examines bioenergy from a global perspective
  • Discusses the impact of bioenergy production on international trade and the environment
  • Puts forward the welfare and environmental effects of alternative policy interventions to support biofuel production
  • Offers not only fresh empirical research on controversial issues but also provides implications for industry and policy
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Concerns about energy security, uncertainty about oil prices, declining oil reserves, and global climate change are fueling a shift towards bioenergy as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. Public policies and private investments around the globe are aiming to increase local capacity to produce biofuels. A key constraint to the expansion of biofuel production is the limited amount of land available to meet the needs for fuel, feed, and food in the coming decades. Large-scale biofuel production raises concerns about food versus fuel tradeoffs, about demands for natural resources such as water, and about potential impacts on environmental quality.

The book is organized into five parts. The introductory part provides a context for the emerging economic and policy challenges related to bioenergy and the motivations for biofuels as an energy source. The second part of the handbook includes chapters that examine the implications of expanded production of first generation biofuels for the allocation of land between food and fuel and for food/feed prices and trade in biofuels as well as the potential for technology improvements to mitigate the food vs. fuel competition for land. Chapters in the third part examine the infrastructural and logistical challenges posed by large scale biofuel production and the factors that will influence the location of biorefineries and the mix of feedstocks they use. The fourth part includes chapters that examine the environmental implications of biofuels, their implications for the design of policies and the unintended environmental consequences of existing biofuel policies. The final part presents economic analysis of the market, social welfare, and distributional effects of biofuel policies.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Bioenergy Economics and Policy: Introduction and Overview

    Khanna, Madhu (et al.)

    Pages 3-13

  • Are Biofuels the Best Use of Sunlight?

    Nelson, Gerald C.

    Pages 15-25

  • Perennial Grasses as Second-Generation Sustainable Feedstocks Without Conflict with Food Production

    Dohleman, Frank G. (et al.)

    Pages 27-37

  • Present and Future Possibilities for the Deconstruction and Utilization of Lignocellulosic Biomass

    Blaschek, Hans P. (et al.)

    Pages 39-51

  • Price Transmission in the US Ethanol Market

    Serra, Teresa (et al.)

    Pages 55-72

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eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-2504-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Bioenergy Economics and Policy
Editors
  • Madhu Khanna
  • Jürgen Scheffran
  • David Zilberman
Series Title
Natural Resource Management and Policy
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-0369-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-0369-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-0368-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2504-5
Series ISSN
0929-127X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 439
Number of Illustrations and Tables
88 b/w illustrations
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