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

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Original languageEnglish
Article number801
Number of pages13
Journal / PublicationSustainability
Issue number5
Online published11 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes



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.

Research Area(s)

  • sustainability, land-use alternatives, bioenergy

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