Comparing centralized and decentralized bio-energy systems in rural China

G. He, B. Bluemling, A.P.J. Mol, L. Zhang, Y. Lu

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Abstract

Underthedualpressuresofanenergycrisisandrisinggreenhousegasemissions,biomassenergy development andutilisationhasbecomepartofthenationalenergystrategyinChina.Thelastdecade has witnessedastrongpromotionofbothcentralisedanddecentralisedbio-energysystemsinrural China. Thegovernmentseemstohaveastrongpreferenceforcentralised(village-based)bio-energy systemsinrecentyears.However,thesegovernment-drivensystemshavenotworkedwithout difficulties, particularlyregardingeconomicandtechnologicalviabilityandmaintenance.Studieson the advantagesanddisadvantagesofdecentralisedandcentralisedbio-energysystemsarerare.This study aimstoshedlightontheperformancesofthesetwosystemsintermsofsocial,economicand environmentaleffects.Throughinterviewinglocalofficials andvillageleadersandsurveyingfarmersin 12villagesinShandongProvince,itwasfoundthatbio-energysystemsshouldbeselectedbasedonthe local circumstances.Thediversityofthelocalnatural,economicandsocialsituationsdeterminesthesize, place, technologyandorganisationalmodelofthebio-energysystem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-43
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume63
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • transition
  • management
  • biofuels
  • policy

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