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Asymmetric linkage between biomass energy consumption and ecological footprints in top ten biomass-consuming nations

Yongrong Xin
Huaizheng Li
Tomiwa Sunday Adebayo
Abraham Ayobamiji Awosusi

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In the current sustainable growth framework, the role of renewable
energy cannot be overemphasized. Furthermore, several sustainable
development targets necessitate the optimal utilization
of biomass energy. Their benefits, trade-off dynamics, and implementation
vary according to geography, necessitating an in-depth
examination to manage their influence. Therefore, we investigated
the impact of biomass energy utilization on the ecosystem in the
top ten biomass-consuming nations: India, Austria, Brazil, China,
Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the
United States. To compare the impact of biomass energy utilization
on ecological footprint, this study employed a quarterly dataset
covering the period between 1970 and 2018. To achieve this
objective, we used the Quantile-on-Quantile approach, which suggests
that biomass improves environmental quality in six nations
(i.e. Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Sweden, and United Kingdom)
but it degrades the environment in the other countries (i.e.
Finland, Italy, India, and the USA). Furthermore, the study
employed the Granger causality test in quantile, and the results
indicate that biomass energy utilization and ecological footprint
can predict each other in nine nations (i.e. Austria, Brazil, China,
Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy, UK, and the USA). However, for
India, we detected the absence of causality between biomass
energy and ecological footprint. Based on this outcome, this
study suggests policies such as intensifying and coordinating the
transition from traditional to contemporary biomass, which might
increase the green impacts of biomass use, hence lowering environmental
degradation. This transition will strengthen the energy
efficiency of biomass energy generation, providing additional
opportunities to revitalize the forest areas.

Ključne riječi

Biomass energy; ecological footprint; quantiles on quantiles; Granger causalitytest in quantile

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