21.10 Social climate of forest bioenergy development in China among forestry stakeholders

 Public examination of a doctoral dissertation in the field of forestry

Doctoral candidate: M.Sc. (Agr. & For.) Mei Qu 

Date and venue: 21.10.2011, 12.00, Auditorium F 100, Futura, Joensuu campus 

With industrialization and urbanization, energy security has become an increasingly pressing global issue. This situation is arguably one of the most challenging problems facing China. In order to not only continue its economic development, but also adopt a bioeconomy, energy efficiency needs to be improved and the use of renewable energy, such as forest bioenergy, increased. In China forest bioenergy has been developed through policy incentives as well as through the development of related technology. However, public acceptance of forest bioenergy might be one of the key obstacles to its development. Therefore, understanding and, if needed, improving the public acceptance of forest bioenergy is vital. 

The recent research by Mei Qu at the University of Eastern Finland, studied the overall perceptions in the Chinese society concerning the use and development of bioenergy, including experts, professionals and students, as well as the media and public opinions. It has been found that the growth in the number of news articles in China reflects this changes and outcomes of the government’s energy policies. The main barriers for the bioenergy development in China have been found to be research and technical shortcomings, policy and regulation weaknesses, and low awareness and poor social acceptability. However, Chinese experts feel that biofuels will be the most important transportation fuel in the future and it may replace oil in the next ten years. Finally the research found that the experts and professionals have similar perceptions concerning the development of forest bioenergy in China, and the students have somewhat difference perceptions compare with the experts and professionals. 

This research provides the first look at the perspectives of different stakeholders regarding the development of forest bioenergy in China. The findings indicate that there is wide support and great potential for forest bioenergy development in China. 

The doctoral dissertation of Mei Qu entitled “Social climate of forest bioenergy development in China among forestry stakeholders" will be examined at the Faculty of Science and Forestry.The opponent in the public examination is Associate Professor Shuirong Wu, CAF, Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information and the custos is Professor Paavo Pelkonen of the University of Eastern Finland.

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Contact: Mei Qu, p. +358 (0) 4445770821, mei.qu@uef.fi

Publishing year: 2011

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