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

by Jiashun Huang 1,2,3,4, Weiping Li 5, Xijie Huang 6 and Lijia Guo 7,8,*
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK
Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6ED, UK
Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK
St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6JF, UK
School of Business, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
School of Business, Guangdong University of Finances and Economics, Guangzhou 510320, China
Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3RQ, UK
Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1DQ, UK
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 801;
Received: 3 December 2016 / Revised: 22 March 2017 / Accepted: 1 April 2017 / Published: 11 May 2017
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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