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Agriculture 2017, 7(2), 15; doi:10.3390/agriculture7020015

Achieving Sustainability: Insights from Biogas Ecosystems in India

Department of Management, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Adelphi University, Hagedorn Hall, Room 307A, One South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530, USA
Academic Editor: Gbadebo Oladosu
Received: 11 August 2016 / Revised: 25 January 2017 / Accepted: 13 February 2017 / Published: 21 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Economic Sustainability of Bioenergy Systems)
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This paper focuses on how the use of renewable energy technologies such as biogas can help to achieve environmental and socio-economic sustainability. It combines research on sustainable consumption and production, natural and industrial ecosystems and renewable energy adoption to develop a framework for an industrial ecosystem for biogas for bottom-of-the-pyramid and rural populations. The framework suggests that three dimensions of industrial ecosystems and a meta-dimension can be embedded in the design of a new industrial ecosystem for biogas to facilitate environmental and socio-economic sustainability. Case studies of an organization engaged in using biogas to create a sustainable bioenergy ecosystem for rural populations and two organizations producing biogas in urban India provide support for the framework. View Full-Text
Keywords: biogas; sustainable consumption and production models; designing ecosystems; India biogas; sustainable consumption and production models; designing ecosystems; India
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