Health and Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Biomass and Fossil Fuel Energy Futures in Africa

TitleHealth and Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Biomass and Fossil Fuel Energy Futures in Africa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBailis R, Ezzati M, Kammen D
JournalClimate Change and Household Energy- Boiling Point
Issue54
Start Page3
Paginationp. 3-8
Date Published12/2007
Abstract

Bioenergy plays a major role in the energy mix in Africa today, but both the human health and environmental impacts associated with reliance on this fuel structure are significant. This article looks at a number of scenarios for the widespread use of sustainable forest management practices, charcoal production, the use of improved stoves, as well as to more rapid introductions of fossil-fuel energy systems. These scenarios are analysed for various environmental and health impacts, and it was found that sustainable bioenergy practices could, in theory, save millions of lives through improved carbon management and infrastructure. Results also showed the potential for biofuels to contribute to transportation needs and help facilitate a low carbon infrastructure system.

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