New report shows biomass delivers significant carbon benefits
Brussels – A report presented today by Bridging with Biomass, a coalition of North American and European wood pellet producers, shows that the use of solid biomass for power generation achieves significant carbon savings.
The study reveals that when assumptions and real data from the field are used for modeling forest carbon dynamics, the production of energy from sustainable solid biomass results in an immediate or very rapid contribution to climate change mitigation. Because of its ability to provide reliable, sustainable and base-load supply, solid biomass allows Europe’s energy utilities to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired plants and is expected to contribute significantly to meeting the EU’s 2020 renewable energy target.
The report, which was produced in collaboration with several European energy utilities and organizations, focuses on the Southeast region of the United States and British Columbia in Canada, two main supply regions of forest-based fuel pellets for EU consumption, but its key findings apply equally to European-produced pellets. It reflects the fact that in reality biomass originates mainly from forests which are managed under a multi-products approach, using by-products from other wood industry activities, such as tree tops and limbs left over after harvest, sawmill residues and low quality roundwood that doesn’t meet the standards for lumber processing. In addition, forests from these regions are subject to strict national rules and legislation, which ensure environmental protections are in place and that forests are sustainably managed.
Bridging with Biomass calls on the European Commission to take the study’s conclusions into account in its policy-making, so as to facilitate the long-term investment and legal certainty needed for sustainable biomass to continue to play its essential role in decarbonizing Europe’s energy supply.
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