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Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa

Edited By: Rainer Janssen and Dominik Rutz

423 pages, 28 colour & 20 b/w illustrations, 48 tables


Hardback | Oct 2011 | #194475 | ISBN-13: 9789400721807
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This work builds on the results of the COMPETE Bioenergy Competence Platform for Africa, which was supported by the European Commission and coordinated by WIP Renewable Energies, Germany. The five sections cover biomass production and use, biomass technologies and markets in Africa, biomass policies, sustainability, and financial and socio-economic issues. This valuable work is, in effect, a single-source treatment of a key energy sector in a part of the world which still has a lot of unrealised potential for development.


Part I: Biomass Production and Use
1. Keynote Introduction: Traditional and Improved Use of Biomass for Energy in Africa
2. Biomass Potential in Arid and Semi-arid Regions in Botswana
3. Jatropha - A Promising Crop for Africa's Biofuel Production?
4. Small-scale Production of Jatropha in Zambia and Its implications for Rural Development and National Biofuel Policies
5. Economic Evaluation of Sweet Sorghum in Biofuel Production as a Multi-purpose Crop: The Case of Zambia

Part II: Biomass Technologies and Markets
6. Keynote Introduction: Biomass Technologies and Markets in Africa
7. Sustainable Charcoal and Firewood Production and Use in Africa
8. Bioethanol Potential and Production in Africa: Sweet Sorghum as a Complementary Feedstock
9. Biodiesel Production in Africa
10. Biogas Production in Africa
11. New Conversion Technologies For Liquid biofuels Production in Africa
12. Modern use of solid biomass in Africa: Prospects for Utilisation of Agro-waste Resources in Nigeria
13. International Trade of Biofuels: Current Trends and the Potential Role of Africa

Part III: Biomass Policies
14. Keynote Introduction: Overview on Bioenergy Policies in Africa
15. Biofuel Policies in Tanzania
16. Biofuel Policy in South Africa: A Critical Analysis
17. Promoting Biofuels in West Africa: An Engine For Development
18. Strategies For a Sustainable Pan-African Biofuels Policy

Part IV: Sustainability of Biomass Production and Use
19. Keynote Introduction: Sustainability Considerations for Biofuels Production in Africa
20. Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Production in Africa
21. Potential Impacts of Biofuel Development on Biodiversity in Chobe District, Botswana
22. Water Implications of Biofuel Development in Semi-arid Sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies of Four Countries
23. Implications of Climate Change on Sustainable Biofuel Production in Africa
24. Bioenergy and Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa

Part V: Financing and Socio-economic Issues
25. Keynote Introduction: Socio-economic Impacts of Different Scales of Biofuel Production in Africa
26. Social Impacts of Biofuel Production in Africa
27. Small-scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Lessons from Case Studies in Asia, Latin America and Africa
28. Gender Issues of Biomass Production and Use in Africa
29. Financing of Biofuel Projects in Africa
30. Economics of Modern and Traditional Bioenergy in African Households: Consumer Choices for Cook Stoves

Part VI: Summary and Conclusion
31. Opportunities and Risks of Bioenergy in Africa


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Rainer Janssen graduated in Physics (Dr. rer.nat.) at the Technical University of Munich, Walter Schottky Institute, Germany and performed studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is Head of the Biomass Department at WIP Renewable Energies and Senior Expert in the Biomass field. He is involved in the production, distribution and market penetration of bioenergy (solid biomass, biogas) and biofuels for transport (e.g. bioethanol, biodiesel, vegetable oil) with special emphasis on the development of supportive framework conditions and policy regulations in the EU, Latin America, Africa and other emerging economies. Since 2000, Dr. Janssen is involved in the coordination of a variety of international and European projects. Recent projects include the FP7 project Global-Bio-Pact focussing on socio-economic impacts of biomass and bioproducts on a global level, the FP7 project BioTop on biofuels assessment on technical opportunities and research needs for Latin America, and the international competence platform COMPETE (FP6) on the sustainable use of energy crops and agro-forestry systems in Africa. In recent years, Dr. Janssen was invited expert in the field of bioenergy for the European Commission (DG RTD, DG TREN), IEA (International Energy Agengy) Bioenergy, and the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit). Since 2009, Dr. Janssen is member of working group 4 on "Sustainability" of the European Biofuels Technology Platform and member of working group 4 on "Market & Policies Development" within the Biomass Panel of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling.

Dominik Rutz graduated in Environmental Science (Dipl.-Ing.) and Consumer Science (M.Sc.) at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and the Institut National d'Horticulture, France. He is Senior Expert at WIP Renewable Energies and his main field of experience includes market support and international cooperation on bioenergy in developing countries and emerging economies worldwide. Mr. Rutz coordinated the European Union supported projects BioTop (Biofuels Assessment on Technical Opportunities and Research Needs for Latin America), Global-Bio-Pact (Global Assessment of Biomass and Bioproduct Impacts on Socio-economics and Sustainability), BiG>East (Biogas for Eastern Europe) and UrbanBiogas (Urban Waste for Biogas Production). He is author of three handbooks on biogas, liquid biofuels, and biomass heating systems, and furthermore invited expert and lecturer e.g. for a course on 2nd generation biofuels at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) and REMBIO (Red Mexicana de Bioenergia). While travelling to more than 40 countries worldwide and stimulated by his diploma thesis on vegetation ecology in the Okavango Delta in Botswana in 2004, his main fascination is dedicated to the beauty of nature and cultural spirit of the African continent. Nature conservation on the one hand and social equity on the other hand are the main drivers for his engagement in decentralised renewable energy supply. Thereby his interest goes far beyond the bioenergy field, towards a holistic and sustainable energy system.

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