Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Energy and Agriculture

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Earthscan, 2012 - Science - 481 pages
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The world is on the verge of an unprecedented increase in the production and use of biofuels for transport. The combination of rising oil prices, issues of security, climate instability and pollution, deepening poverty in rural and agricultural areas, and a host of improved technologies, is propelling governments to enact powerful incentives for the use of these fuels, which is in turn sparking investment.Biofuels for Transport is a unique and comprehensive assessment of the opportunities and risks of the large-scale production of biofuels. The book demystifies complex questions and concerns, such as the food v. fuel debate. Global in scope, it is further informed by five country studies from Brazil, China, Germany, India and Tanzania.The authors conclude that biofuels will play a significant role in our energy future, but warn that the large-scale use of biofuels carries risks that require focused and immediate policy initiatives.Published in association with BMELV, FNR and GTZ.
 

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Contents

PART II NEW TECHNOLOGIES CROPS AND PROSPECTS
43
PART III KEY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES
99
PART IV KEY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
157
PART V MARKET INTRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIES
233
PART VI THE POLICY FRAMEWORK
277
PART VII RECOMMENDATIONS
309
PART VIII COUNTRY STUDIES
327
Appendices
349
Glossary of Terms
362
Notes
371
References
407
Index
444
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The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization that focuses on innovative solutions to global environmental, resource, and economic problems.Published under the auspices of a project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) through the Agency of Renewable Resources (FNR), and co-ordinated by the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

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