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

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Developing countries are searching for alternate energy options which promote sustainable development and equity. Modernized bioenergy is shown as an option with potential to meet the rural needs of a large populous country like India, along with significant social, environmental, and economic benefits such as carbon-emission reduction and the promotion of biodiversity. This text uses India as a case study for biomass, energy and environment, which postgraduates and professionals in environmental sciences and energy development planning can use as a model for analyzing the potential for biomass energy for other developing countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198564362
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

King's College, London

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Energy and biomass consumption patterns in India 14
3 Environmental impacts of biomass energy 61
4 Assessment of bioenergy programmes in India 79
5 Bioenergy projects 117
6 Bioenergy - a modernized fuel option for India 140
7 Land and biomass availability for sustainable bioenergy 212
8 Environmental and socio-economic benefits of bioenergy 248
9 Economic analysis of bioenergy options 266
10 Approaches to implementing bioenergy programmes 297
11 Implications for bioenergy in developing countries 313
12 Bioenergy: barriers, policy options, and guidelines 323
13 Conclusions and implications 349
References 356
Conversion factors 369
Index 371
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