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Bioenergy Entrepreneurship in Rural China

Lin, Na LU (2008) IMEN56 20081
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
The Chinese Central Government has made the promotion of industrial utilization of
bioenergy one of the priorities in the national plans on renewable energy. However, there is a
general lack of understanding on how bioenergy entrepreneurship works on the ground level
in China, particularly in rural areas. This thesis therefore aims to investigate the emergence and
development of rural bioenergy business in China, and to identify and evaluate the key factors
and enabling conditions for bioenergy systems.
The research is based on three empirical case studies and interviews with key stakeholders; it
finds that the individual innovation from primary movers can become a major motivation to
initiate rural bioenergy business, and this... (More)
The Chinese Central Government has made the promotion of industrial utilization of
bioenergy one of the priorities in the national plans on renewable energy. However, there is a
general lack of understanding on how bioenergy entrepreneurship works on the ground level
in China, particularly in rural areas. This thesis therefore aims to investigate the emergence and
development of rural bioenergy business in China, and to identify and evaluate the key factors
and enabling conditions for bioenergy systems.
The research is based on three empirical case studies and interviews with key stakeholders; it
finds that the individual innovation from primary movers can become a major motivation to
initiate rural bioenergy business, and this innovation is derived from primary movers
ambitious and personal value judgment. During the system development, local networks play a
critical role to formulate business strategies. One of the key market advantages of rural
bioenergy business is the naturally ready local networks in rural China, given the inherent close
relationship inside the village system, which works effectively to activate relevant actors and
integrate resources. Given these attributes, the internal primary movers are more likely to
bring positive performance than external primary movers. A joint force of internal and
external actors is also promising in terms of performance, when the internal actors take the
leading role.
The research highlights three conceptualized development mechanisms of rural bioenergy that
have been derived from the empirical cases. They include environmental oriented
development, social welfare oriented development and entrepreneurial oriented development.
The three mechanisms start with different entrepreneurs
orientations with the focus on
environmental protection, social welfare improvement and innovative business development,
and bring out different system outcomes based on value-creation consideration. The enabling
solutions for the development of rural bioenergy business therefore require comprehensive
institutional improvement, including enhanced supportive policies, and various education,
information sharing facilitations. (Less)
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author
Lin, Na LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN56 20081
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Bioenergy, China, Energy
language
English
id
1413851
date added to LUP
2009-06-03 14:00:20
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2009-06-03 14:00:20
@misc{1413851,
  abstract     = {The Chinese Central Government has made the promotion of industrial utilization of
bioenergy one of the priorities in the national plans on renewable energy. However, there is a
general lack of understanding on how bioenergy entrepreneurship works on the ground level
in China, particularly in rural areas. This thesis therefore aims to investigate the emergence and
development of rural bioenergy business in China, and to identify and evaluate the key factors
and enabling conditions for bioenergy systems.
The research is based on three empirical case studies and interviews with key stakeholders; it
finds that the individual innovation from primary movers can become a major motivation to
initiate rural bioenergy business, and this innovation is derived from primary movers
ambitious and personal value judgment. During the system development, local networks play a
critical role to formulate business strategies. One of the key market advantages of rural
bioenergy business is the naturally ready local networks in rural China, given the inherent close
relationship inside the village system, which works effectively to activate relevant actors and
integrate resources. Given these attributes, the internal primary movers are more likely to
bring positive performance than external primary movers. A joint force of internal and
external actors is also promising in terms of performance, when the internal actors take the
leading role.
The research highlights three conceptualized development mechanisms of rural bioenergy that
have been derived from the empirical cases. They include environmental oriented
development, social welfare oriented development and entrepreneurial oriented development.
The three mechanisms start with different entrepreneurs
orientations with the focus on
environmental protection, social welfare improvement and innovative business development,
and bring out different system outcomes based on value-creation consideration. The enabling
solutions for the development of rural bioenergy business therefore require comprehensive
institutional improvement, including enhanced supportive policies, and various education,
information sharing facilitations.},
  author       = {Lin, Na},
  keyword      = {Bioenergy,China,Energy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bioenergy Entrepreneurship in Rural China},
  year         = {2008},
}