Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.



Forest biomass for regional energy supply in Austria

Energy from forest biomass, commonly described as near carbon neutral, can be turned into heat, biofuels and various chemical materials. Renewable energy from biomass will play an essential role in reducing the carbon intensity of energy and decoupling energy use from CO2 emissions (IEA, 2007). The wood energy sector will be strongly influenced and supported by energy policies aimed at mitigating climate change and diversifying the national energy portfolio to enhance energy security (Olsson et al., 2009). Experiences from the Austrian bioenergy sector, which is largely based on forest biomass, might serve as examples of regional sustainability.


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