Sustainability Assessment of the Agricultural and Energy Systems of Senegal
AbstractTo improve decision-making, sustainability-based approaches to assessment of options and undertakings demand that we move beyond narrowly defined considerations to address the full suite of requirements for progress towards sustainability. This paper reports on a sustainability assessment exercise that originally focused on burning agricultural residues, primarily peanut shells, for cooking applications in Senegal. The scope of assessment had to be expanded to address the agricultural and energy systems of Senegal, when closer examination revealed a complex set of energy and agricultural system interactions that could undermine the anticipated positive effects of initiatives centred primarily on peanut residue cookstoves. The case highlights the need to be open to expanding the scope of assessment to address underlying and/or unexpected issues that cannot be addressed appropriately at the project scale. In particular, the case illustrates how the assessment of an energy system may serve as an entry point into a deeper exploration of the context in which the energy system is embedded. The analysis also illustrates a situation in which different paths that may be followed, each with its own degree of uncertainty, path dependence, feasibility, fairness, cultural sensitivity, trade-off acceptability and possibilities for public judgement of overall desirability. View Full-Text
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Gaudreau, K.; Gibson, R.B. Sustainability Assessment of the Agricultural and Energy Systems of Senegal. Energies 2015, 8, 3503-3528.
Gaudreau K, Gibson RB. Sustainability Assessment of the Agricultural and Energy Systems of Senegal. Energies. 2015; 8(5):3503-3528.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gaudreau, Kyrke; Gibson, Robert B. 2015. "Sustainability Assessment of the Agricultural and Energy Systems of Senegal." Energies 8, no. 5: 3503-3528.