Spatial assessment of the distribution and potential of bioenergy resources in Kazakhstan

Koshim, Asima and Karatayev, Marat and Clarke, Michèle L. and Nock, William (2018) Spatial assessment of the distribution and potential of bioenergy resources in Kazakhstan. Advances in Geosciences, 45 . pp. 217-225. ISSN 1680-7359

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Abstract

Kazakhstan is naturally rich in fossil fuels and its economy is strongly linked to oil and gas exports. Significant coal reserves have led to an energy mix that is dominated by aging and polluting thermal power plants. Yet Kazakhstan comprises mainly grassland steppe where agriculture and livestock pastoralism dominate offering the potential for cleaner, renewable energy production from a range of agricultural and forestry wastes. Here we analyse the spatial distribution and bioenergy generation potential of different feedstocks using an ArcGIS platform and demonstrate a significant opportunity for a range of bioenergy technologies. We recommend a number of policy interventions to enable Kazakhstan to make a transition to cleaner, more accessible and locally generated supply which is also sustainable and provide a waste management solution.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-45-217-2018
Depositing User: Lashkova, Mrs Olga
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 12:47
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2018 12:54
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/54001

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