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To what extent can forest biomass replace fossil fuels as a sustainable energy alternative?

Image: Seth Ginther executive director of the US Industrial Pellet Association
Image: Seth Ginther executive director of the US Industrial Pellet Association
The US Industrial Pellet Association and Natural Resources Defense Council answer the biomass sector’s most burning question.

Seth Ginther executive director of the US Industrial Pellet Association

According to the world’s foremost climate experts, biomass is a necessary part of any modern-day climate strategy, both for renewable energy production and for its contribution to healthy, growing forests. Chief among these scientific bodies is the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which strongly supports this conclusion. In the organisation’s special report, released in August 2019, the IPCC indicated that biomass and sustainable forestry are critical components in keeping the Earth’s warming below 1.5˚C. Specifically, the IPCC stated that sustainable forest management “aimed at storing carbon while yielding timber, fibre, and bioenergy” will produce the best results for the climate. The IPCC also indicated that all scenarios to limit global warming include combinations of bioenergy, afforestation and reforestation, and carbon capture — all three of which are supported by the...

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Image: Seth Ginther executive director of the US Industrial Pellet Association