Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa

  • Rainer Janssen
  • Dominik Rutz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Biomass Production and Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Edward Smeets, Francis X. Johnson, Grant Ballard-Tremeer
      Pages 3-12
    3. Mogodisheng B. M. Sekhwela, Donald L. Kgathi
      Pages 13-25
    4. Janske van Eijck, Edward Smeets, André Faaij
      Pages 27-40
  3. Biomass Technologies and Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Dominik Rutz, Rainer Janssen
      Pages 63-73
    3. Kalaluka Munyinda, Francis Davison Yamba, Hartley Walimwipi
      Pages 81-91
    4. Hartley Walimwipi, Francis Davison Yamba, Manfred Wörgetter, Josef Rathbauer, Dina Bacovsky
      Pages 93-102
    5. Greg Austin, Glynn Morris
      Pages 103-115
    6. Bothwell Batidzirai, Edward M. W. Smeets, André P. C. Faaij
      Pages 117-130
  4. Biomass Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Rainer Janssen, Dominik Rutz
      Pages 165-182
    3. Sarah Mohamed, Gavin Fraser, Estomih N. Sawe
      Pages 183-190
    4. Thapelo Letete, Harro von Blottnitz
      Pages 191-199

About this book


This contribution to the current global discussion about the sustainability of bioenergy addresses the fact that this debate often ignores the needs and opinions of developing countries. The book specifically addresses bioenergy development opportunities and associated risks for Africa.


The contributions to the work relate the experiences of selected authors from Africa, Europe and other continents and include material from researchers, investors, policy makers and other stakeholders, such as representatives of NGOs. Readers will, then, find a multitude of perspectives on the issue, going well beyond the academic field.


The 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.


Africa bioenergy sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Rainer Janssen
    • 1
  • Dominik Rutz
    • 2
  1. 1., Biomass UnitWIP - Renewable EnergiesMunichGermany
  2. 2., Biomass UnitWIP - Renewable EnergiesMunichGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2180-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2181-4
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