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Linking Energy- and Land-Use Systems: Energy Potentials and Environmental Risks of Using Agricultural Residues in Tanzania

  • Julia C. Terrapon-Pfaff

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    (Department of Geography and Geosciences, University Trier, Trier 54296, Germany
    Research Group Future Energy and Mobility Structures, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH, Döppersberg 19, Wuppertal 42103, Germany)

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    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 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.

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    Volume (Year): 4 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (February)
    Pages: 278-293

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:4:y:2012:i:3:p:278-293:d:16355
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