Sustainable bio-economy that delivers the environment–food–energy–water nexus objectives: The current status in Malaysia

W. A. Wan Ab Karim Ghani, M. A.M. Salleh, S. N. Adam, H. Z.M. Shafri, S. N. Shaharum, K. L. Lim, N. J. Rubinsin, H. L. Lam, Azhan Hasan, Sheila Samsatli, J. F. Tapia, R. Khezri, Ida Fahani Md Jaye, E. Martinez-Hernandez

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Abstract

Biomass is a promising resource in Malaysia for energy, fuels, and high value-added products. However, regards to biomass value chains, the numerous restrictions and challenges related to the economic and environmental features must be considered. The major concerns regarding the enlargement of biomass plantation is that it requires large amounts of land and environmental resources such as water and soil that arises the danger of creating severe damages to the ecosystem (e.g. deforestation, water pollution, soil depletion etc.). Regarded concerns can be diminished when all aspects associated with palm biomass conversion and utilization linked with environment, food, energy and water (EFEW) nexus to meet the standard requirement and to consider the potential impact on the nexus as a whole. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the detail interactions between all the components in the nexus once intended to look for the best solution to exploit the great potential of biomass. This paper offers an overview regarding the present potential biomass availability for energy production, technology readiness, feasibility study on the techno-economic analyses of the biomass utilization and the impact of this nexus on value chains. The agro-biomass resources potential and land suitability for different crops has been overviewed using satellite imageries and the outcomes of the nexus interactions should be incorporated in developmental policies on biomass. The paper finally discussed an insight of digitization of the agriculture industry as future strategy to modernize agriculture in Malaysia. Hence, this paper provides holistic overview of biomass competitiveness for sustainable bio-economy in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-186
Number of pages20
JournalFood and Bioproducts Processing
Volume118
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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Malaysia
Biomass
biomass
supply chain
Agriculture
Satellite Imagery
Soil
Economics
Nexus
land suitability
agriculture
Deforestation
Soils
Water Pollution
economics
value-added products
Satellite imagery
Water pollution
Water
Analog to digital conversion

Keywords

  • Biomass
  • Biomass supply chains
  • Biomass value chains
  • Food–energy–water (FEW) nexus
  • Optimization
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Wan Ab Karim Ghani, W. A., Salleh, M. A. M., Adam, S. N., Shafri, H. Z. M., Shaharum, S. N., Lim, K. L., ... Martinez-Hernandez, E. (2019). Sustainable bio-economy that delivers the environment–food–energy–water nexus objectives: The current status in Malaysia. Food and Bioproducts Processing, 118, 167-186. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fbp.2019.09.002

Sustainable bio-economy that delivers the environment–food–energy–water nexus objectives : The current status in Malaysia. / Wan Ab Karim Ghani, W. A.; Salleh, M. A.M.; Adam, S. N.; Shafri, H. Z.M.; Shaharum, S. N.; Lim, K. L.; Rubinsin, N. J.; Lam, H. L.; Hasan, Azhan; Samsatli, Sheila; Tapia, J. F.; Khezri, R.; Jaye, Ida Fahani Md; Martinez-Hernandez, E.

In: Food and Bioproducts Processing, Vol. 118, 11.2019, p. 167-186.

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Wan Ab Karim Ghani, WA, Salleh, MAM, Adam, SN, Shafri, HZM, Shaharum, SN, Lim, KL, Rubinsin, NJ, Lam, HL, Hasan, A, Samsatli, S, Tapia, JF, Khezri, R, Jaye, IFM & Martinez-Hernandez, E 2019, 'Sustainable bio-economy that delivers the environment–food–energy–water nexus objectives: The current status in Malaysia', Food and Bioproducts Processing, vol. 118, pp. 167-186. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fbp.2019.09.002
Wan Ab Karim Ghani, W. A. ; Salleh, M. A.M. ; Adam, S. N. ; Shafri, H. Z.M. ; Shaharum, S. N. ; Lim, K. L. ; Rubinsin, N. J. ; Lam, H. L. ; Hasan, Azhan ; Samsatli, Sheila ; Tapia, J. F. ; Khezri, R. ; Jaye, Ida Fahani Md ; Martinez-Hernandez, E. / Sustainable bio-economy that delivers the environment–food–energy–water nexus objectives : The current status in Malaysia. In: Food and Bioproducts Processing. 2019 ; Vol. 118. pp. 167-186.
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