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Sustainable Farming of Bioenergy Crops

Müller, Adrian (2014) Sustainable Farming of Bioenergy Crops. In: Gupta, V.; Tuohy, M.; Kubicek, C.; Saddler, J. and Xu, F. (Eds.) Bioenergy Research: Advances and Applications. Elsevier B.V., XXX, chapter 23, pp. 411-421.

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Summary

Bioenergy is one option to mitigate climate change in the energy sector. Sustainable bioenergy however faces several challenges. First, there is a widely discussed land competition between food and bioenergy crops. Second, there is a widely neglected competition for biomass between using it as a fertilizer for sustainable agriculture or as feedstock for bioenergy production. Sustainability standards for bioenergy capture several environmental, social and economic aspects and often also land competition, but neglect the agronomic aspects related to the fertilizer use of biomass. Accounting for this, however, the sustainable bioenergy potential seems rather low and may only be realized in biogas production. Such can make much sense, but expectation in bioenergy to contribute significantly to global primary energy supply in a sustainable manner should not be too high.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Agriculture, Bioenergy, Biogas, Fertilizer, Land competition, Land use modeling, Organic agriculture, Policy
Agrovoc keywords:
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EnglishBioenergyhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_16526
EnglishBiogashttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_9262
Englishfertilizershttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_2867
EnglishLand competitionUNSPECIFIED
EnglishLand use modelingUNSPECIFIED
EnglishUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Environmental aspects > Landscape and recreation
Research affiliation: Switzerland > ETHZ - Agrarwissenschaften
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
Deposited By: Muller, Adrian
ID Code:25699
Deposited On:25 Jun 2014 19:20
Last Modified:25 Jun 2014 19:20
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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