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The Impacts of Biofuels on the Economy, Environment, and Poverty

A Global Perspective

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  • Investigates various countries and their alternative fuel initiatives
  • Analyses the environmental, economic and political ramifications of alternative fuel research and development
  • Explores the issues of trade security, oil price volatility, climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and production costs associated with the development of alternative fuels

Part of the book series: Natural Resource Management and Policy (NRMP, volume 41)

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Interest in biofuels began with oil shocks in the 1970’s, but the more rapid development and consumption of biofuel industry in recent years has been primarily driven by mandates, subsidies, climate change concerns, emissions targets and energy security. From 2004 to 2006, fuel ethanol grew by 26% and biodiesel grew by 172%. As biofuel production continues to expand, investments in capacity expansion and research and development have been made. The 2008 food crisis emphasized the need to re-examine biofuel consequences. Biofuels remain an important renewable energy resource to substitute for fossil fuels, particularly in the transportation sector, yet biofuels’ success is still uncertain. The future of biofuels in the energy supply mix relies on mitigating potential and improving the environmental gains. This book brings together leading authorities on biofuel from the World Bank to examine all of the impacts of biofuel (economic, social, environmental) within a unified framework and in a global perspective, making it of interest to academics in agricultural and environmental economics as well as industry and policy-makers.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • The World Bank, Washington, USA

    Govinda R. Timilsina

  • Dept. Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley College of Natural Resources, Berkeley, USA

    David Zilberman

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Impacts of Biofuels on the Economy, Environment, and Poverty

  • Book Subtitle: A Global Perspective

  • Editors: Govinda R. Timilsina, David Zilberman

  • Series Title: Natural Resource Management and Policy

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Business and Economics, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4939-0517-1Published: 21 May 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4939-5517-6Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4939-0518-8Published: 20 May 2014

  • Series ISSN: 0929-127X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2511-8560

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 144

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Economics, Agricultural Economics, Energy Policy, Economics and Management

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