Biofuels and Sustainability
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This open access book presents a comprehensive analysis of biofuel use strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective using sustainability science. This interdisciplinary perspective (social science-natural science) means that the strategies and policy options proposed will have significant impacts on the economy and society alike. Biofuels are expected to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, revitalizing economies in agricultural communities and alleviating poverty. However, despite these anticipated benefits, international organizations such as the FAO, OECD and UN have published reports expressing concerns that biofuel promotion may lead to deforestation, water pollution and water shortages. The impacts of biofuel use are extensive, cross-sectoral and complex, and as such, comprehensive analyses are required in order to assess the extent to which biofuels can contribute to sustainable societies.

Applying interdisciplinary sustainability science concepts and methodologies, the book helps to enhance the establishment of a sustainable society as well as the development of appropriate responses to a global need for urgent action on current issues related to biofuels.


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  • Alternative & renewable energy sources & technology
  • bioenergy
  • Biofuel policy
  • Biology, Life Sciences
  • Biomass
  • Deforestation
  • Ecological science, the Biosphere
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy and state
  • Energy policy
  • Energy technology & engineering
  • Environment
  • Environment law
  • Environment, transport & planning law
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental policy
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • Land use
  • Law
  • Laws of Specific jurisdictions
  • Life sciences: general issues
  • Mathematics & science
  • Renewable energy resources
  • Sustainable development
  • Technology, engineering, agriculture


DOI: 10.1007/978-4-431-54895-9


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