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DOI 10.1166/jbmb.2010.1089
Title (Primary) Biofuel options for India - perspectives on land availability, land management and land-use change
Author Das, S.; Priess, J.A.; Schweizer, C.
Source Titel Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy
Year 2010
Volume 4
Issue 3
Page From 243
Page To 255
Language englisch
Abstract India's energy dependence on oil imports has led to energy security becoming a prime concern for policy makers and has thus warranted an exploration of alternative energy sources. Globally rising oil prices have led to greater interest in the development of bioenergy from plant based systems. This paper examines various policy options and mechanisms with respect to biofuel oilseed crops like Jatropha curcas and Pongamia pinnata, the potential of the expansion of sugarcane as a source of bioethanol and the emergence of the increased inclination towards afforestation of wastelands and associated implications and challenges. Historical land use data indicates that the agricultural area in India has stabilized over the last decades and has little opportunities of expansion. Considering India's still fast growing population, it is expected that land use conversions due to new bioenergy cropping systems are likely to intensify the already existing competition between residential/industrial land, and land required for food and energy generation. The paper reviews national and sub-national scale case studies, which are addressing a number of different topics related to bioenergy production, such as intensity of land use, crop yields, potential land demands or scenarios blending petrol with bioethanol.
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Das, S., Priess, J.A., Schweizer, C. (2010):
Biofuel options for India - perspectives on land availability, land management and land-use change
J. Biobased Mater. Bioenergy 4 (3), 243 - 255 10.1166/jbmb.2010.1089