This report looks at the possible benefits of biomass use and considers the levels of biomass that may be available. It also discusses in detail the meaning of sustainable biomass and the practices that have a high risk of long-term damage to forest biodiversity and resilience, or increase of GHG emissions. As with all discussions about energy, it is crucial that any biomass policy must be created in addition to, rather than instead of, large cuts in Europe’s energy use.
Forest bioenergy and biodiversity in the EU: The threats, the possibilities and the challenges
29 September 2010