by: Elizabeth Cushion, Adrian Whiteman, Gerhard Dieterle
Bioenergy has been critical to humanity since the cave dwellers
first used wood to cook their food and stay warm at night. Ancient
forms of bioenergy - firewood and cow dung patties - remain primary
fuel sources for rural and poor people. New sources of bioenergy
including “black liquor”, biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and
many more, have great promise and generate great controversy.
This book gives an overview of bioenergy developments and examines
the main issues and possible socioeconomic implications of these
developments and their potential impacts on land use and the
environment, especially with respect to forests. The paper presents an
introduction to bioenergy, provides a background and overview of solid
biomass and liquid biofuels, and examines opportunities and challenges
at the regional and country level. It also examines potential impacts
for specific types of bioenergy.
The book does not pretend to be definitive, especially with respect
to the controversial interplay of subjects like the impact of bioenergy
on food prices, but it does try to suggest the tradeoffs that need to
be examined in considering bioenergy policies, and it has five main
- Solid biomass will continue to provide a principal source of energy
and should not be overlooked.
- There will be major land use implications resulting from bioenergy
- It is critical to consider tradeoffs, including those related to
poverty, equity and the environment, when considering bioenergy
- There is considerable potential for greater use of forestry and
timber waste as a bioenergy feedstock.
- The climate change impacts of bioenergy development are uncertain,
and highly location and feedstock specific.
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