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Linking energy- and land-use systems : energy potentials and environmental risks of using agricultural residues in Tanzania

  • This paper attempts to assess whether renewable energy self-sufficiency can be achieved in the crop production and processing sector in Tanzania and if this could be accomplished in an environmentally sustainable manner. In order to answer these questions the theoretical energy potential of process residues from commercially produced agricultural crops in Tanzania is evaluated. Furthermore, a set of sustainability indicators with focus on environmental criteria is applied to identify risks and opportunities of using these residues for energy generation. In particular, the positive and negative effects on the land-use-system (soil fertility, water use and quality, biodiversity, etc.) are evaluated. The results show that energy generationThis paper attempts to assess whether renewable energy self-sufficiency can be achieved in the crop production and processing sector in Tanzania and if this could be accomplished in an environmentally sustainable manner. In order to answer these questions the theoretical energy potential of process residues from commercially produced agricultural crops in Tanzania is evaluated. Furthermore, a set of sustainability indicators with focus on environmental criteria is applied to identify risks and opportunities of using these residues for energy generation. In particular, the positive and negative effects on the land-use-system (soil fertility, water use and quality, biodiversity, etc.) are evaluated. The results show that energy generation with certain agricultural process residues could not only improve and secure the energy supply but could also improve the sustainability of current land-use practices.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Julia C. Terrapon-Pfaff
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-44738
Year of Publication:2012
Language:English
Source Title (English):Sustainability
DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/su4030278
Volume:4
Issue:3
First Page:278
Last Page:293
Release Date:2012/09/03
Division:Zukünftige Energie- und Mobilitätsstrukturen
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence:License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung