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Socio-Economic Impacts of Bioenergy Production

  • Dominik Rutz
  • Rainer Janssen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Martijn Vis, Anne-Sophie Dörnbrack, Sébastien Haye
    Pages 1-16
  3. Rocio Diaz-Chavez, Anni Vuohelainen
    Pages 39-58
  4. Dominik Rutz, Rainer Janssen
    Pages 81-93
  5. Thom Achterbosch, Heleen Bartelings, Siemen van Berkum, Hans van Meijl, Andrzej Tabeau, Geert Woltjer
    Pages 95-109
  6. Dominik Rutz, Rainer Janssen, Cosette Khawaja
    Pages 111-130
  7. Jorge Antonio Hilbert, Sofia Galligani
    Pages 131-150
  8. Ousmane Ouattara, Tom Burrell, Mohamed Sokona, Ibrahim Togola
    Pages 183-192
  9. Arnaldo Walter, Pedro Gerber Machado
    Pages 193-213
  10. Isaac Abban-Mensah, Martijn Vis, Peter van Sleen
    Pages 233-251
  11. Dominik Rutz, Rainer Janssen, Rita Mergner, Berhanu A. Demessie, Livinus Manyanga, Jackie Crafford
    Pages 253-266
  12. Janske van Eijck, André P. C. Faaij
    Pages 267-284
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 291-297

About this book


Around the world, many countries are increasing efforts to promote biomass production for industrial uses including biofuels and bio-products such as chemicals and bio-plastic. Against a backdrop of lively public debate on sustainability, bioenergy wields both positive and negative impacts upon a variety of environmental and socio-economic issues. These include property rights, labor conditions, social welfare, economic wealth, poverty reduction and more. This book discusses the issues and impacts of bioenergy, taking into account the local and regional framework under which bioenergy is produced, touching upon educational level, cultural aspects, the history and economies of the producing countries and an array of policies including environmental and social targets.

The book surveys and analyzes global bioenergy production from a number of perspectives. The authors illustrate the complexity of interrelated topics in the bioenergy value chain, ranging from agriculture to conversion processes, as well as from social implications to environmental effects. It goes on to offer insight on future challenges associated with the expected boom of a global bio-based economy, which contributes to the paradigm shift from a fossil-based to a biomass and renewable energy-based economy.

The expert contributors include researchers, investors, policy makers, representatives from NGOs and other stakeholders, from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Their contributions build upon the results of the Global-Bio-Pact project on “Global Assessment of Biomass and Bio-product Impacts on Socio-economics and Sustainability,” which was supported by the European Commission in its 7th Framework Program for Research and Technological Development, conducted from February 2010 to January 2013.

The book benefits policy makers, scientists and NGO staffers working in the fields of agriculture, forestry, biotechnology and energy.


Bioenergy Case studies Developing countries Socio-economic impacts Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Dominik Rutz
    • 1
  • Rainer Janssen
    • 2
  1. 1.Biomass UnitWIP - Renewable EnergiesMunichGermany
  2. 2.Biomass UnitWIP - Renewable EnergiesMunichGermany

Bibliographic information


“The editors presented the intended themes in an organized and progressive manner via its arrayed, interrelated, and well-structured chapters. … our overall impression is that the book is a well written ‘guideline to assess the socio-economic implications of bioenergy production for scientists, practitioners, and decision makers who are interested in a biomass supply, cost-value, macro and micro-economics and value-chain perspective of bioenergy production.’” (Sheikh Adil Edrisi and P. C. Abhilash, Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol. 3, October, 2015)