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Main Title: Bioenergy production and sustainable development
Subtitle: Science base for policymaking remains limited
Author(s): Robledo-Abad, Carmenza
Althaus, Hans-Jörg
Berndes, Göran
Bolwig, Simon
Corbera, Esteve
Creutzig, Felix
Garcia-Ulloa, John
Geddes, Anna
Gregg, Jay S.
Haberl, Helmut
Hanger, Susanne
Harper, Richard J.
Hunsberger, Carol
Larsen, Rasmus K.
Lauk, Christian
Leitner, Stefan
Lilliestam, Johan
Lotze-Campen, Hermann
Muys, Bart
Nordborg, Maria
Ölund, Maria
Orlowsky, Boris
Popp, Alexander
Portugal-Pereira, Joana
Reinhard, Jürgen
Scheiffle, Lena
Smith, Pete
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: The possibility of using bioenergy as a climate change mitigation measure has sparked a discussion of whether and how bioenergy production contributes to sustainable development. We undertook a systematic review of the scientific literature to illuminate this relationship and found a limited scientific basis for policymaking. Our results indicate that knowledge on the sustainable development impacts of bioenergy production is concentrated in a few well-studied countries, focuses on environmental and economic impacts, and mostly relates to dedicated agricultural biomass plantations. The scope and methodological approaches in studies differ widely and only a small share of the studies sufficiently reports on context and/or baseline conditions, which makes it difficult to get a general understanding of the attribution of impacts. Nevertheless, we identified regional patterns of positive or negative impacts for all categories - environmental, economic, institutional, social and technological. In general, economic and technological impacts were more frequently reported as positive, while social and environmental impacts were more frequently reported as negative (with the exception of impacts on direct substitution of GHG emission from fossil fuel). More focused and transparent research is needed to validate these patterns and develop a strong science underpinning for establishing policies and governance agreements that prevent/mitigate negative and promote positive impacts from bioenergy production.
Issue Date: 2017
Date Available: 14-Jul-2017
DDC Class: 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
Subject(s): agriculture
food security
sustainable development
Journal Title: GCB Bioenergy
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publisher Place: Oxford
Volume: 9
Issue: 3
Publisher DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12338
Page Start: 541
Page End: 556
EISSN: 1757-1707
ISSN: 1757-1693
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