Sustainable Bioenergy Production - An Integrated Approach

  • Hans Ruppert
  • Martin Kappas
  • Jens Ibendorf

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hans Ruppert, Martin Kappas, Jens Ibendorf
      Pages 3-35
    3. Peter Schmuck, Swantje Eigner-Thiel, Marianne Karpenstein-Machan, Benedikt Sauer, Hans Ruppert, Walter Girschner et al.
      Pages 37-71
  3. Do We Have Enough? – Biomass Potentials for Energy Generation

  4. Can Bioenergy Production Be Environmentally Sound?

  5. Economic Optimisation of Bioenergy Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Anke Daub, Harald Uhlemair, Volker Ruwisch, Jutta Geldermann
      Pages 219-238
  6. Bridging Bioenergy Production and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Karol Granoszewski, Christian Reise, Achim Spiller, Oliver Musshoff
      Pages 241-291
    3. Swantje Eigner-Thiel, Meike Schmehl, Jens Ibendorf, Jutta Geldermann
      Pages 339-384
  7. Combustion of Biomass for Heat and Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Torben Seidel, Jürgen Orasche, Hans Ruppert, Jürgen Schnelle-Kreis, Hans Hartmann
      Pages 387-422
  8. Bioenergy from Polluted Soils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 423-423
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 445-451

About this book


This book focuses primarily on the advantages and implications of sustainable bioenergy production in terms of ensuring a more sustainable world despite its growing energy demands.

It addresses a new concept that focuses on the interactions between different uses of agricultural land (for example, agriculture for food, forage or energy and nature conservation) and their ecological, economic and societal impacts. This research concept provides new insights into the competition for resources and the synergies between different land uses.

Until recently, the transition towards renewable energy has been generally misunderstood as only an economic demand, rather than as a means to gain various social and ecological advantages. Today biomass can be produced to generate energy and renewable raw materials, while simultaneously benefitting soil resources, water resources and biodiversity. The transition to a ‘greener’ economy is an important precondition in order to achieve the sustainable development of societies.

To develop a modern, forward-looking energy supply from biomass, such as biomass for heat and power generation, and liquid biofuels for transport, there should be a balance between the amount of biomass required for food production and for material purposes. Crop types, production methods and conversion technologies need to be matched with local conditions within the different landscapes to establish a national transformation plan, and to reduce the i

ncreasing land-use competition between food/fodder versus energy crop production, as well as the use of forests for energy.

Rethinking the linkages between bioenergy, climate change, land use and water requires an integrated assessment of the energy, land and water nexus.

This book highlights research aimed at providing an integrated approach to sustainable bioenergy development and seeks to improve people’s understanding of bioenergy’s potentials for the future. It will be of interest not only to those involved in sustainable energy, but also to environmental planners, agriculture and soil specialists, and environmental policy-makers.


Bioenergy Potentials Biogas Biomass Sustainable Bioenergy Production Sustainable Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans Ruppert
    • 1
  • Martin Kappas
    • 2
  • Jens Ibendorf
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of Sedimentology and EnvironmUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Geography, Department of Cartography, GIS and RemotUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  3. 3., Interdisciplinary Centre for SustainableUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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