Because of the major opportunities and risks associated with it, and the complexity of the subject, bioenergy policy has in a short time become a challenging political task for regulators and planners - a task that can only be accomplished through worldwide cooperation and the creation of an international framework. This book's central message is that the sustainable potential of bioenergy, which can be tapped all over the world, should be utilized - provided that threats to sustainability are avoided. In particular, the use of bioenergy must not endanger food security or the goals of nature conservation and climate change mitigation.
The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) comprises 9 leading experts working on issues of global environmental change.
1. Introduction 2. Motives for Deploying Bioenergy 3. Sustainability Constraints Upon Bioenergy 4. Bioenergy, Land Use and Energy Systems: Situation and Trends 5. Competing uses 6. Modelling Global Energy Crop Potential 7. Biomass Cultivation and Conversion to Energy 8. Optimizing Bioenergy Integration and Deployment in Energy Systems 9. Sustainable Biomass Production and Bioenergy Deployment: A Synthesis 10. Global Bioenergy Policy 11. Research Recommendations 12. Recommendations for Action References Glossary