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Bioenergy sustainability in China: Potential and impacts
Journal of Environmental Management (2010)
  • Jie Zhuang
  • Randall W. Gentry
  • Gui-Rui Yu
  • Gary S. Sayler, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • John W. Bickham
Abstract
The sustainability implications of bioenergy development strategies are large and complex. Unlike conventional agriculture, bioenergy production provides an opportunity to design systems for improving eco-environmental services. Different places have different goals and solutions for bioenergy development, but they all should adhere to the sustainability requirements of the environment, economy, and society. This article serves as a brief overview of China’s bioenergy development and as an introduction to this special issue on the impacts of bioenergy development in China. The eleven articles in this special issue present a range of perspectives and scenario analyses on bioenergy production and its impacts as well as potential barriers to its development. Five general themes are covered: status and goals, biomass resources, energy plants, environmental impacts, and economic and social impacts. The potential for bioenergy production in China is huge, particularly in the central north and northwest. China plans to develop a bioenergy capacity of 30GW by 2020. However, realization of this goal will require breakthroughs in bioenergy landscape design, energy plant biotechnology, legislation, incentive policy, and conversion facilities. Our analyses suggest that (1) the linkage between bioenergy, environment, and economy are often circular rather than linear in nature; (2) sustainability is a core concept in bioenergy design and the ultimate goal of bioenergy development; and (3) each bioenergy development scheme must be region-specific and designed to solve local environmental and agricultural problems. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-010-9555-6
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2010
Citation Information
Jie Zhuang, Randall W. Gentry, Gui-Rui Yu, Gary S. Sayler, et al.. "Bioenergy sustainability in China: Potential and impacts" Journal of Environmental Management Vol. 46 Iss. 4 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gary_sayler/52/