Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Hirotaka Matsuda, Kazuhiko Takeuchi
    Pages 1-8 Open Access
  3. Biofuels and Sustainability Conceptual Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Hirotaka Matsuda, Kazuhiko Takeuchi
      Pages 11-15 Open Access
    3. Masahiro Matsuura, Hideaki Shiroyama
      Pages 17-24 Open Access
    4. Masahiro Matsuura, Hideaki Shiroyama
      Pages 25-30 Open Access
  4. Impacts on Land Use and Ecosystem Services: Global Economic and Environmental Impacts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Hideaki Takagi, Taro Takahashi, Nobuhiro Suzuki
      Pages 33-51 Open Access
    3. Keisuke Hanaki, Joana Portugal-Pereira
      Pages 53-71 Open Access
  5. Impacts on Land Use and Ecosystem Services: Impacts at the National & Regional Scales

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Kiyotada Hayashi
      Pages 75-86 Open Access
    3. Mark Elder, Jane Romero, Anindya Bhattacharya, Daisuke Sano, Naoko Matsumoto, Shinano Hayashi
      Pages 87-118 Open Access
  6. Impacts on Land Use and Ecosystem Services: Social, Economic and Political Impacts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Masahiro Matsuura, Hideaki Shiroyama
      Pages 121-131 Open Access
    3. Raquel Moreno-Peñaranda, Alexandros Gasparatos, Per Stromberg, Aki Suwa, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira
      Pages 133-173 Open Access
  7. Sustainable Biofuels Strategy Options: Roadmap for Building Sustainable Strategy Options

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Masahiro Matsuura, Hideaki Shiroyama
      Pages 177-184 Open Access
    3. Kouji Kozaki, Osamu Saito, Masahiro Matsuura, Riichiro Mizoguchi
      Pages 185-195 Open Access
  8. Sustainable Biofuels Strategy Options: Key Strategies for Policy Makers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Shinichi Arai, Hirotaka Matsuda
      Pages 199-222 Open Access
    3. Mark Elder, Shinano Hayashi
      Pages 223-246 Open Access
    4. Osamu Saito
      Pages 247-265 Open Access

About this book


This open access book presents a comprehensive analysis of biofuel use strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective using sustainability science. This interdisciplinary perspective (social science-natural science) means that the strategies and policy options proposed will have significant impacts on the economy and society alike. Biofuels are expected to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, revitalizing economies in agricultural communities and alleviating poverty. However, despite these anticipated benefits, international organizations such as the FAO, OECD and UN have published reports expressing concerns that biofuel promotion may lead to deforestation, water pollution and water shortages. The impacts of biofuel use are extensive, cross-sectoral and complex, and as such, comprehensive analyses are required in order to assess the extent to which biofuels can contribute to sustainable societies.

Applying interdisciplinary sustainability science concepts and methodologies, the book helps to enhance the establishment of a sustainable society as well as the development of appropriate responses to a global need for urgent action on current issues related to biofuels.


Bioenergy Biofuel policy Biomass Deforestation Greenhouse gas emissions Land use Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi
    • 1
  • Hideaki Shiroyama
    • 2
  • Osamu Saito
    • 3
  • Masahiro Matsuura
    • 4
  1. 1.Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), Institutes for Advanced Study (UTIAS) The University of Tokyo, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Law and PoliticsThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3.United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)Shibuya-kuJapan
  4. 4.Graduate School of Public PolicyThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-54894-2
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-54895-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-7348
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-7356
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