Other themes

Here you can find information on topics that go beyond the eight major thematic areas. If you are interested in acting as theme coordinator for an additional topic, please contact the BiomassNet administrator.

Virchow Detlef, Beuchelt Tina, Denich Manfred, Loos Tim K, Hoppe Marlene, Kuhn Arnim. 2014. The value web approach so that the South can also benefit from the bioeconomy. Rural 21

The rising demand for biomass is transforming agriculture from a food to a complex biomass-supplying and -processing sector, which the countries of the South could benefit from. New prospects could arise for them to go beyond their role of pure raw material suppliers. However, a value chain approach is insufficient in this context. The biomassbased value web appears to offer an alternative approach.

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Virchow D, Beuchelt Tina, Kuhn A, Denich M. 2016. Biomass-Based Value Webs: A Novel Perspective for Emerging Bioeconomies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Springer Open (eds.). Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development. ZEF: 225-238 pp.

Growing demand for increasingly diverse biomass-based products will transform African agriculture from a food-supplying to a biomass-supplying sector, including non-food agricultural produce, like feed, energy and industrial raw materials. As a result, agriculture will become the core part of a biomass-based economy, which has the potential not only to produce renewable biological resources but to convert this biomass into products for various uses. The emerging bioeconomy will intensify the interlinkages between biomass production, processing and trading. To depict these increasingly complex systems, adapted analytic approaches are needed. With the perspective of the “biomass-based value web” approach, a multi-dimensional methodology can be used to understand the interrelation between several value chains as a flexible, efficient and sustainable production, processing, trading and consumption system.

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Neumann Kai, Anderson Carl, Denich Manfred. 2017. Beyond wishful thinking: Explorative Qualitative Modeling (EQM) as a tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Economics Discussion Papers (2017-82)

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in their generalized form need to be further
reflected in order to identify synergies and trade-offs between their (sub-)targets, and
to apply them to concrete nations and regions. Explorative, qualitative cause and
effect modeling could serve as a tool for adding crucial factors and enabling a better
understanding of the interrelations between the goals, eventually leading to more informed
concrete measures better able to cope with their inherent obstacles. This work provides and
describes a model that could serve as a template for concrete application. The generalized
model already points to some potential ambivalences as well as synergies that can be
reflected on using some of the latest theories and concepts from economics and transition
research, among other fields. Its first analyses cautiously raise doubts that some possible
assumptions behind the original Sustainable Development Goals might overlook some
systemic boundaries. For example, an undifferentiated increase of productivity contradicts
a lessened environmental impact and need for resources in light of potential planetary

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Marx Gómez Jorge, Sonnenschein Michael, Vogel Ute, Winter Andreas, Rapp Barbara, Giesen Nils. 2014. Information and communication technology for energy efficiency. Oldenburg BIS-Verl. der Carl-von-Ossietzky-Univ. 2014 (eds.). EnviroInfo 2014 - 28th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection. University Oldenburg: 0-100 pp.

The EnviroInfo 2014 is the 28th edition of the long standing and established international and interdisciplinary conference series on leading environmental information and communication technologies. Combining and shaping international activities in the field of applied informatics and environmental informatics in making the world a better place for living, the EnviroInfo conference series aims at presenting and discussing the latest state-of-the-art development on ICT and environmental related fields. Under the supervision of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, the 28th EnviroInfo conference discusses the special topics of ICT for energy efficiency as main conference theme as well as the whole range of cross-cutting topics in ICT and environmental sciences. As the EnviroInfo conference series strengthens the interdisciplinary activities in the fields of sustainable development, participants from industry, higher education and research Institutes have been invited to exchange ideas and solutions for current and future problems.

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Kuhn Arnim, Endeshaw Kassahun Aberra. 2015. Trends and Drivers of Crop Biomass Demand: Sub-Saharan Africa vs the Rest of the World. 2015 3 Discussion paper, University of Bonn.

The global demand for crop biomass for both food and non-food use has markedly increased during the last decade. This recent trend was driven by population growth, income growth by consumers, industrial demand for nonfood raw materials, and demand for energy in the form of crop biofuels. Consequently, relative price levels for plant biomass have intermittedly doubled since 2006. The aim of this study is identify and compare global drivers, trends and projections of this process, looking at biomass production, consumption and related resource use in Sub-Saharan Africa as opposed to the Rest of the World. Model-based quantitative projections of global crop biomass markets are reviewed and compared, and supplemented by own projections.

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