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Concepts and Instruments for a Rational Bioenergy Policy

A New Institutional Economics Approach

  • Provides an in-depth economic analysis of the challenges associated with bioenergy use and bioenergy policymaking

  • Develops an analytical framework for the derivation of bioenergy policy recommendations

  • Highlights a case study analysis of Germany’s bioenergy policy


Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Alexandra Purkus
    Pages 1-25
  3. Alexandra Purkus
    Pages 27-87
  4. Alexandra Purkus
    Pages 193-271
  5. Alexandra Purkus
    Pages 273-383
  6. Alexandra Purkus
    Pages 385-404

About this book


This book provides an in-depth economic analysis of the challenges associated with bioenergy use and production. Drawing on New Institutional Economics and the theory of economic policy, it develops theory-based recommendations for a bioenergy policy that strives for efficiency and sustainability. Further, it shows how to deal with diverse uncertainties and constraints, such as institutional path dependencies, transaction costs, multiple and conflicting policy aims, and interacting market failures, while also applying the resulting theoretical insights to a case study analysis of Germany’s bioenergy policy. As such, the book aims to bridge the gap between practical bioenergy policymaking on the one hand, and neoclassical theory-based concepts that strictly focus on a minimization of greenhouse gas mitigation costs on the other.           


Bioenergy Policy Renewable Energy Policy New Institutional Economics Climate Change Mitigation Uncertainty Bioenergy Allocation Public Choice Theory Bioelectricity Policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Resea Department of EconomicsLeipzigGermany

About the authors

Alexandra Purkus is an economic researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. She holds a Diploma in Economics with an Environmental Focus from the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany, and a Master of Science by Research in Global Environmental Change from the University of Edinburgh, UK. At the UFZ, Alexandra Purkus wrote her doctoral thesis as part of an interdisciplinary working group on bioenergy systems analysis, in cooperation with the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ) and the University of Leipzig. Currently, her research focuses on renewable energy policy design and governance challenges of transitioning to a bioeconomy.      

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