Policies and instruments affecting water use for bioenergy production

Marcia Moraes, Claudia Ringler, Ximing Cai

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Abstract

Bioenergy related water use intensifies existing water stress, increasing the importance of sustainable management of water resources for sustainable bioenergy production and use. This paper discusses policies and instruments of importance for water use for bioenergy production, considering both biomass production and the subsequent conversion to solid/liquid/gaseous fuels and electricity. Water policies on the biomass production side should focus on ensuring efficient water use. While environmental policy instruments such as command-and-control approaches support maintaining specific water quantities and quality standards for biofuel production, market-based tools can help users to identify least-cost options for biofuel operation. For the energy conversion side, water quality is the key issue that needs to be addressed with adequate policy instruments. Finally, the evaluation of water-use policies and instruments for bioenergy production should not only relate to their direct impacts on water use, but should take into account overall impacts on the economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011
Subtitle of host publicationBearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress
Pages3305-3318
Number of pages14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 21 2011
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Palm Springs, CA, United States
Duration: May 22 2011May 26 2011

Publication series

NameWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress

Other

OtherWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability
CountryUnited States
CityPalm Springs, CA
Period5/22/115/26/11

Keywords

  • Policies
  • Regulations
  • Sustainable development
  • Water resources
  • Water use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Moraes, M., Ringler, C., & Cai, X. (2011). Policies and instruments affecting water use for bioenergy production. In World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress (pp. 3305-3318). (World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress). https://doi.org/10.1061/41173(414)345