An approach for incorporating sustainability in early stages of biorefinery design

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Abstract

Sustainable development has become a sought value in our society. However, the meaning of sustainability and how it should be operationalized is a complex issue that depends on subjective values and perspectives [1]. In order to advance towards sustainable biorefineries, we propose an approach for considering stakeholder’s values and perspectives for setting the design space of biorefinery projects. A biofuel production case in Southeastern Brazil is used to develop the approach based on elicited norms and values of stakeholders. From these values, design propositions that consider the interaction between biorefinery systems and the elicited values are used to suggest a design space boundary. These propositions are indicative, allowing for deliberation during their implementation. Thus, with this approach the design team can address the interaction between biorefinery systems and the socioeconomic and environmental context around them. Also, by opening the design process to stakeholders’ values, we propose a constructivist approach to incorporate sustainability in the early stages of biorefinery design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings
EditorsMarko Janhunen, Hendrik Ehrnrooth
PublisherETA-Florence Renewable Energies
Pages1641-1642
Number of pages2
Volume2017
Edition25thEUBCE
ISBN (Print)978-88-89407-17-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 12 Jun 201715 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings
PublisherETA-Florence Renewable Energies
Number25th EUBCE
Volume2017
ISSN (Electronic)2282-5819

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period12/06/1715/06/17

Keywords

  • Biofuel
  • Social aspects
  • Stakeholders
  • Sustainability

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