Biomass, Energy, and Environment: A Developing Country Perspective from India

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byN. H. Ravindranath, D. O. Hall

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Developing countries are searching for alternative energy options to promote sustainable and equitable development. Bioenergy, especially as a modernized fuel, is known to be an environmentally-sound energy option, but its potential and impacts need to be assessed for each developing country. The current sources, uses, and socio-economic and environmental impacts of biomass energy are analysed for India. The energy needs for development are assessed. Conventional energy planning has not led to equitable and sustainable development. Bioenergy options are shown to have potential to meetthe energy needs of rural areas of a populous country like India. Case studies of successful bioenergy projects and economic analysis of bioenergy options are presented. Land is not a constraint to producing woody biomass for energy even in a densely populated country like India. Bioenergy optionsprovide significant socio-economic benefits along with large potential for carbon-emission reduction and promotion of biodiversity in degraded lands. The potential for bioenergy is high for developing-countries of South-east Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South America. There is global interest in bioenergy as a sustainable energy and green house gas emission reduction option. The Indian case study could be a model for other developingcountries.

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Developing countries are searching for alternative energy options to promote sustainable and equitable development. Bioenergy, especially as a modernized fuel, is known to be an environmentally-sound energy option, but its potential and impacts need to be assessed for each developing country. The current sources, uses, and socio-econo...

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This book highlights biomass energy options in India which promote land reclamation, local employment, and self-reliance - as well as reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and dependence on oil imports. The authors analyse the sources, end uses, and socio-economic and environmental impacts of biomass energy; suggest measures for promoting ...

N. H. Ravindranath is at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. D. O. Hall is at King's College, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:390 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198564368

ISBN - 13:9780198564362

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Energy and biomass consumption patterns in India2. Environmental impacts of biomass energy3. Assessment of bioenergy programmes in India4. Bioenergy projects5. Bioenergy - a modernized fuel option for India6. Land and biomass availability for sustainable bioenergy7. Environmental and socio-economic benefits of bioenergy8. Economic analysis of bioenergy options9. Approaches to implementing bioenergy programmes10. Implications for bioenergy in developing countries11. Bioenergy: Barriers, policy options, and guidelines12. Conclusions and implications

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`a comprehensive guide to the use of biomass energy in India ... this book is an excellent exploration of the potential for biomass energy in meeting development goals and a very useful guide to the technical possibilities and the policy initiatives needed for its expansion'The Journal of Energy Literature II.2 1996