Assessment of the Possible Effects of the Energy Crops Cultivation

Valentina ȘANDOR, Roxana VIDICAN, Mignon ȘANDOR, Vlad STOIAN, Susana SFECHIȘ, Otto VARGA

Abstract


Combining energy plants biomass conversion with developing carbon capture and storage could lead to long-term substantial removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Multiple drivers for bioenergy systems and their deplopments in sustainable directions are emerging. The competitive feature of resources for plant biomass puts bioenergy under scrutiny before determining their real potential which is suitable. On the one hand, energy crops are an attractive substitute for fossil fuel sources, and on the other hand, its competing application of lands and water resources poses doubt on its potential. Energy crops are taken into many studies, because of the need to increase significantly the cultivated areas to meet the ambitious goals for renewable energies. The increase cultivation of energy crops can lead to severe negative impacts in ecosystem services. Therefore, there is a necessity for a better regulation of bioenergy production. In our paper, we analyze possible effects of energy crops production on soil, water, air, and habitat quality.


Keywords


air, habitat, quality, soil, water.

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