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Energy Crops: Stakeholder Identification and Analysis - A Case of Belarus

Israilava, Alesia LU (2008) IMEN56 20081
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
Belarus is subject to serious energy security issues due to limited domestic energy resources; a
low diversity in the national energy profile, significant depreciation of capital assets in the
Belarusian energy system, a high share of energy resources import, and a dominating
dependence on one energy importer The Russian Federation. In response to these issues the
country is very interested in diversifying its energy profile, development of non-conventional
renewable energy types and increasing the share of local energy resources. Introduction of
short rotation willow crops is one strategy under examination. When willow is grown for
energy purposes, it has the potential not only to contribute to the energy security
enhancement, but... (More)
Belarus is subject to serious energy security issues due to limited domestic energy resources; a
low diversity in the national energy profile, significant depreciation of capital assets in the
Belarusian energy system, a high share of energy resources import, and a dominating
dependence on one energy importer The Russian Federation. In response to these issues the
country is very interested in diversifying its energy profile, development of non-conventional
renewable energy types and increasing the share of local energy resources. Introduction of
short rotation willow crops is one strategy under examination. When willow is grown for
energy purposes, it has the potential not only to contribute to the energy security
enhancement, but also yield co-benefits in economic, environmental and social terms.
Currently energy crops based energy is in the stage of early development.
Development of this energy option depends on a range of stakeholders, as well as economic
and legislative settings. This work involves the identification of stakeholders in relation to
short rotation willow crops (on any stage of their life cycle including cultivation and utilization
of biomass), and then their interviewing in order to depict their interests, perception of other
stakeholders, and existing coordination between them. All stakeholders identified are analyzed
then in terms of attributes of power, legitimacy and urgency for defining those stakeholders
that influence the development of short rotation willow crops most.
The research reveals the general interest in the development of this energy option on the side
of the national government, but low current interest on the side of most stakeholders.
Moreover, there is a weak interaction between stakeholders, a factor that is held in this work
to be mainly attributed to limited knowledge and experience on this technology. However, the
current economic and legislative settings do contain tools for stimulation of renewable energy
development, inclusive of energy crops. Such items include reduced environmental tax and
indexed tariffs for bioenergy that will provide financial incentives and the coming law on nonconventional
and renewable energy that will provide for stimulation tools for renewable
energy. (Less)
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Israilava, Alesia LU
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IMEN56 20081
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Bioenergy
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English
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1413837
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  abstract     = {Belarus is subject to serious energy security issues due to limited domestic energy resources; a
low diversity in the national energy profile, significant depreciation of capital assets in the
Belarusian energy system, a high share of energy resources import, and a dominating
dependence on one energy importer The Russian Federation. In response to these issues the
country is very interested in diversifying its energy profile, development of non-conventional
renewable energy types and increasing the share of local energy resources. Introduction of
short rotation willow crops is one strategy under examination. When willow is grown for
energy purposes, it has the potential not only to contribute to the energy security
enhancement, but also yield co-benefits in economic, environmental and social terms.
Currently energy crops based energy is in the stage of early development.
Development of this energy option depends on a range of stakeholders, as well as economic
and legislative settings. This work involves the identification of stakeholders in relation to
short rotation willow crops (on any stage of their life cycle including cultivation and utilization
of biomass), and then their interviewing in order to depict their interests, perception of other
stakeholders, and existing coordination between them. All stakeholders identified are analyzed
then in terms of attributes of power, legitimacy and urgency for defining those stakeholders
that influence the development of short rotation willow crops most.
The research reveals the general interest in the development of this energy option on the side
of the national government, but low current interest on the side of most stakeholders.
Moreover, there is a weak interaction between stakeholders, a factor that is held in this work
to be mainly attributed to limited knowledge and experience on this technology. However, the
current economic and legislative settings do contain tools for stimulation of renewable energy
development, inclusive of energy crops. Such items include reduced environmental tax and
indexed tariffs for bioenergy that will provide financial incentives and the coming law on nonconventional
and renewable energy that will provide for stimulation tools for renewable
energy.},
  author       = {Israilava, Alesia},
  keyword      = {Bioenergy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Energy Crops: Stakeholder Identification and Analysis - A Case of Belarus},
  year         = {2008},
}