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Sustainability 2012, 4(3), 278-293; doi:10.3390/su4030278
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Linking Energy- and Land-Use Systems: Energy Potentials and Environmental Risks of Using Agricultural Residues in Tanzania

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Received: 16 January 2012 / Revised: 30 January 2012 / Accepted: 16 February 2012 / Published: 27 February 2012
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Abstract

This paper attempts to assess whether renewable energy self-sufficiency can be achieved in the crop production and processing sector in Tanzania and if this could be accomplished in an environmentally sustainable manner. In order to answer these questions the theoretical energy potential of process residues from commercially produced agricultural crops in Tanzania is evaluated. Furthermore, a set of sustainability indicators with focus on environmental criteria is applied to identify risks and opportunities of using these residues for energy generation. In particular, the positive and negative effects on the land-use-system (soil fertility, water use and quality, biodiversity, etc.) are evaluated. The results show that energy generation with certain agricultural process residues could not only improve and secure the energy supply but could also improve the sustainability of current land-use practices.
Keywords: agricultural residues; process residues; energy potentials; environmental sustainability; Tanzania agricultural residues; process residues; energy potentials; environmental sustainability; Tanzania
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Terrapon-Pfaff, J.C. Linking Energy- and Land-Use Systems: Energy Potentials and Environmental Risks of Using Agricultural Residues in Tanzania. Sustainability 2012, 4, 278-293.

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