Bioenergy and Water

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water, Agriculture and Aquaculture".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 December 2017) | Viewed by 470

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Integrated Research on Energy, Environment and Society (IREES), University of Groningen, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change and energy supply have been important topics for the international agenda. At present, bioenergy is the most widely-applied renewable energy source that, if energy balances are positive, does not contribute to climate change. However, bioenergy production requires freshwater of sufficient quality, a resource that is already scarce. This Special Issue invites research articles on the topic of “Bioenergy and Water”. It is expected that bioenergy will play an important role in future energy supply, for transport, heat and electricity. The three feedstock categories are agriculture (crops), forestry (wood) and waste (e.g., crop or forestry residues, household waste). Many studies have shown the impact of bioenergy production on water. If future energy supplies include more, and a larger share, of bioenergy than today, sustainable water management is essential.

This Special Issue is open to papers advancing knowledge on water and bioenergy relationships or showing innovative applications. We welcome, for example, papers that analyze ways to improve efficient water use, or to decrease water pollution. Papers on the comparison of water footprints of different types of bioenergy would also be most welcome. We also encourage papers on global bioenergy scenarios and water, including the role of new forms of bioenergy, such as second-generation biofuels from residues, or on trade-offs between water, land and carbon footprints related to bioenergy production.

Prof. Dr. P.W. Gerbens-Leenes
Guest Editor

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  • water-bioenergy nexus
  • water resources management
  • water footprint assessment
  • sustainable bioenergy production
  • water, land and carbon footprint trade-offs

Published Papers

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