Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

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BibTex format

author = {Elghali, L and Clift, R and Sinclair, P and Panoutsou, C and Bauen, A},
doi = {10.1016/j.enpol.2007.08.036},
journal = {Energy Policy},
pages = {6075--6083},
title = {Developing a Sustainability Framework for the Assessment of Bioenergy Systems},
url = {},
volume = {35},
year = {2007}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - The potential for biomass to contribute to energy supply in a low-carbon economy is well recognised. However, for the sector to contribute fully to sustainable development in the UK, specific exploitation routes must meet the three sets of criteria usually recognised as representing the tests for sustainability: economic viability in the market and fiscal framework within which the supply chain operates; environmental performance, including, but not limited to, low carbon dioxide emissions over the complete fuel cycle; and social acceptability, with the benefits of using biomass recognised as outweighing any negative social impacts. This paper describes an approach to developing a methodology to establish a sustainability framework for the assessment of bioenergy systems to provide practical advice for policy makers, planners and the bioenergy industry, and thus to support policy development and bioenergy deployment at different scales. The approach uses multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and decision-conferencing, to explore how such a process is able to integrate and reconcile the interests and concerns of diverse stakeholder groups.
AU - Elghali,L
AU - Clift,R
AU - Sinclair,P
AU - Panoutsou,C
AU - Bauen,A
DO - 10.1016/j.enpol.2007.08.036
EP - 6083
PY - 2007///
SN - 0301-4215
SP - 6075
TI - Developing a Sustainability Framework for the Assessment of Bioenergy Systems
T2 - Energy Policy
UR -
VL - 35
ER -