Healthy Growth? Risk and Opportunity in Bulgaria’s Biomass Industry
There are currently no sustainability standards for biomass production in Bulgaria at either national or EU level. Meanwhile interest is growing in new biomass plants, boilers, and combined heat and power (CHP) plants. This report explains why increased use of woody biomass, combined with a lack of sustainability standards at a sufficiently high level, would lead to irreversible damage to forests — in particular in Bulgaria due to its large biomass production potential and problems with forest law enforcement.