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Environmental, economic, and social impacts of biofuel production from sugarcane in Australia

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posted on 2020-05-21, 00:00 authored by Nanjappa Ashwath, Z Kabir
In this chapter, the environmental, social, and economic impacts of bioethanol produced from sugarcane are discussed in the context of Queensland where most of Australia’s cane is grown and processed. A brief background on sugarcane cultivation and processing precedes the discussion on the impacts. The benefits of bioethanol production from sugarcane include alleviation of carbon emissions, diminution of fuel imports, reduction in rural migration to cities because of employment generation, and synthesis of bio-based products. On the other hand, the negative impacts involve nutrient leaching into water bodies, land degradation, and the effects on native title. Recent introduction of corrective programs both by the federal (GBR Foundation Partnership) and the state (Queensland Biofutures Program) governments hopefully will find appropriate solutions to minimize the negative impacts.

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Editor

Khan MT; Khan IA

Parent Title

Sugarcane biofuels: Status, potential, and prospects of the sweet crop to fuel the world

Start Page

267

End Page

284

Number of Pages

18

ISBN-10

3030185974

ISBN-13

9783030185978

Publisher

Springer

Place of Publication

Cham, Switzerland

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

University of Newcastle

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Number of Chapters

19

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