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Biofuel chain development in Germany : organization, opportunities, and challenges

  • Increasing production activities have been observed in many EU member states since the EU Commission sent a clear signal establishing and supporting the bioenergy industry. This article discusses current sector developments and therewith evolving biofuel value chain activities and management requirements by means of two German biofuel processing firms. Usually, the processing company can be regarded as the initiator of the regional value chains. In order to safeguard the high initial investments and secure efficient supply, the processing company relies on contract farming or profit participation rights rather than spot market interactions. In addition to discussing that point, this paper also explores opportunities and threats for the suppliers of raw materials as well as for the processors.

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Author:Kirsti Dautzenberg, Jon H. Hanf
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2008
Year of Completion:2008
Release Date:2017/03/25
Source:Energy policy. - ISSN 0301-4215. - 36 (2008), 1, S. 485 - 489
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Peer Review:Referiert