Creating a regulatory framework to support the development of biogas industries in rural areas: German experiences and their adaptability to Australia
Krups, Robert Paul (2009) Creating a regulatory framework to support the development of biogas industries in rural areas: German experiences and their adaptability to Australia. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.
Biogas production in Germany’s rural areas has witnessed a major expansion in recent years. This increase was mainly due to the special regulatory framework the government has introduced to meet its climate protection and renewable energy goals. This dissertation examines the German framework and analyzes its economic, environmental and social sustainability. Special criteria for a possible adaptation of the German approach have been chosen and applied in the analysis of the applicability of the German legislation to Australian conditions. Germany’s efforts have been found to be very effective, as well as economically viable. It became clear that the major negative aspects of rural biogas production lie in the environmental effects that an intensive use of energy crops has rather than the use of agricultural wastes. As a result of analyzing the adaptability of the German framework to Australia, a mixed result has emerged. The need for reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from the Australian agricultural sector become obvious, accompanied by a great potential for the use of biomass for biogas production in rural areas. Major barriers lie in the political enforceability and technological preparedness for new systems in Australia. Recommendations for further research and policy development have also been provided.
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Engineering and Energy|
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