Student Independent Projects Sustainable Resource Management 2015:Sustainable Bioenergy Production Potential of Second - Generation Perennial Crops from Marginal lands in Canada

Carballo, Belizario (2015) Student Independent Projects Sustainable Resource Management 2015:Sustainable Bioenergy Production Potential of Second - Generation Perennial Crops from Marginal lands in Canada. Research Report. Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The rapid rate of worldwide consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels has led to the introduction of bioenergy from second generation perennial biomass feedstock sources over the years. These crops have the capacity to produce large volume of biomass, have high energy potential, and can be grown in marginal soils. Biomass is recognized as the oldest form of renewable energy used by humans for thousands of years as the primary source of energy in the form of heat. However, much has changed with the realization of environmental burdens and energy security associated with fossil fuel energy sources that have led to the need for more sustainable energy options to fuel production development and research in the twenty first century. The current controversies and debates on bioenergy production lies within ensuring the sustainability of this emerging industry from issues of greenhouse gases emission (GHG), food and energy security, social exclusion, and ecosystem deterioration if it is to achieve its global production potentials. This paper presents a comprehensive assessment of the potentials of bioenergy production from perennial energy crops under the strict criteria of sustainable development.

Item Type: Report (Research Report)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11817
Item ID: 11817
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science > Social/Cultural Studies
Date: 2015
Date Type: Submission

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