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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 801; doi:10.3390/su9050801

Analysis of the Relative Sustainability of Land Devoted to Bioenergy: Comparing Land-Use Alternatives in China

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School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK
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Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6ED, UK
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Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK
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St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6JF, UK
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School of Business, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
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School of Business, Guangdong University of Finances and Economics, Guangzhou 510320, China
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Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3RQ, UK
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Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1DQ, UK
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 3 December 2016 / Revised: 22 March 2017 / Accepted: 1 April 2017 / Published: 11 May 2017
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Abstract

When developing land to meet various human needs, conducting assessments of different alternatives regarding their sustainability is critical. Among different alternatives of land-use, devoting land to bioenergy is relatively novel, in high demand, and important for addressing the energy crisis and mitigating carbon emissions. Furthermore, the competition and disputes among limited land-use for bioenergy and the combination of food production and housing are tense. Thus, which alternative of land-use is more sustainable is an important question, yet it is still under-investigated. The main purposes of this study are to investigate the merits and problems of land-use for bioenergy and to compare the relative sustainability of land-use for bioenergy, food production, and housing based on habitants’ perceptions. Multi-criteria analysis is applied to the case study in the context of China, evaluating multiple criteria in economic, environmental, and social dimensions. Therefore, this study presents a comprehensive assessment of different scenarios of land-use designed to be implemented and some implications for optimum land-use policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; land-use alternatives; bioenergy sustainability; land-use alternatives; bioenergy
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Huang, J.; Li, W.; Huang, X.; Guo, L. Analysis of the Relative Sustainability of Land Devoted to Bioenergy: Comparing Land-Use Alternatives in China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 801.

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