Biomass on Peat Soils?

Feasibility of Bioenergy Production Under a Climate Change Scenario
  • Tom KuhlmanEmail author
  • René Verburg
  • Janneke van Dijk
  • Nga Phan-Drost
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Energy security has become a priority as the world’s population increases and its standard of living improves, thus increasing energy consumption. As the demand for energy increases, there is growing concern about the possible exhaustion of finite supplies of fossil fuels in the not-too-distant future. In addition to the problem of availability, combustion of fossil fuels also has negative environmental effects: air pollution (e.g. particulates, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide) produced through the combustion of fossil fuels, threatens human health as well as plant and animal life. Furthermore, the combustion of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, thus contributing to an increase in global temperature. These considerations lead to a search for alternative, renewable sources of energy, one of which is bioenergy.


Biomass Production Groundwater Level Water Storage Energy Price Peat Soil 
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We are grateful to the Dutch National Research Programme on Climate Change and Spatial Planning for financing part of the research described here. Another part was funded under the Knowledge Base programme of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. We are, furthermore, grateful to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP) and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute for providing the modelling framework of Land Use Scanner and parts of the scenario definitions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Kuhlman
    • 1
    Email author
  • René Verburg
    • 1
  • Janneke van Dijk
    • 1
  • Nga Phan-Drost
    • 2
  1. 1.Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI)The HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Spatial Economics/SPINlabVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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