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Is Biodiesel an Effective Environmental Solution - A Case Study from China


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  • Zanxin Wang

    (Institute of Population, Resource and Environmental Economics, Yunnan University)

  • Yin Lu

    (Institute of Population, Resource and Environmental Economics, Yunnan University)

  • Siguang Li

    (Institute of Population, Resource and Environmental Economics, Yunnan University)

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    As in many countries, policy makers in China see biofuel as a potentially important part of the move to a sustainable, post-oil economy. To contribute to this important energy debate, this study looks at the economics and environmental performance of one potential bio-fuel crop: Jatropha curcas L (JCL). This study shows that given current technology levels and management practices, the production of JCL biodiesel is not economically feasible. However, it also shows that JCL biodiesel has excellent performance from both an environmental and energy production point of view. Moreover, it is clear that, if JCL seed yields can be improved, then biodiesel made from the plant would be economically feasible to produce.

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    Paper provided by Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) in its series EEPSEA Policy Brief with number pb2010061.

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    Date of creation: Jun 2010
    Date of revision: Jun 2010
    Handle: RePEc:eep:pbrief:pb2010061

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    Keywords: biodiesel; China;

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