Title

Environmental Impacts of Bio-Energy

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1-1-1992

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Energy Environment Monitor

Abstract

The environmental impacts of biofuel production and utilization are surveyed. Adverse effects associated with the conversion and utilization of urban or industrial wastes, energy crops, logging residues, animal wastes, and crop residues are cited. Major impacts of conversion technologies are identified as air pollutant emissions, solid waste generation, water pollution, and occupational hazards. The extent of these impacts stemming from biological and pyrolytic conversion processes is considered, and remedial measures are recommended. The recognition of the environmental disruption potential of bioenergy should be an important factor in planning alternative energy programs based on biomass.

Keywords

Sustainability

Published Article/Book Citation

Energy Environment Monitor, 8:1 (1992) pp.1-6.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/geog_pubs/47