Energy Demands and the Place of Biofuel Technology and Forest Management Initiatives


  • James U. Okorocha Department of Geography and Meteorology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  • Nwabueze I. Igu Department of Geography and Meteorology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka


biofuel, climate change, energy consumption, forest management, sustainability


Energy is an indispensable driver of development in our society and depended on to run daily activities and functions. To a great extent, the bulk of the energy supply are from fossil fuel; whose costs are increasing becoming huge and its inherent consequences and impact on the environment glaringly undeniable. This work reviewed the impact of the growing energy consumption trend, major sources, need for an alternative that is friendly to the environment and devoid of financial, political and trade uncertainties. Various forms of bio-fuel were seen as viable options to consider  in the quest for improved energy provision. Among the various forms of bio-fuels, forest based bio-fuel was seen as a potential source of the much needed clean energy considering its ubiquitous nature. This however needs to be sustainably utilized and optimized across different spatial scales
by adhering to stipulated forest management guidelines and use efficiencies. The study advocates that there should be a gradual reduction on fossil-based fuel use and maximizes bio-fuels which are much readily available in different forms in our environment. Through such concerted efforts, fossil fuel-driven climate change associated impacts and uncertainties will likely become much