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‘Woody biomass — the decarbonising agent of the future’

By Thomas Meth chief commercial officer, Enviva.

Looking at recommendations from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), every pathway to meeting decarbonisation goals that limit the impact of global warming includes woody biomass. To achieve climate targets and reach climate neutrality, industrial countries need to decarbonise their heaviest-emitting sectors. Biomass allows industry to do this quickly, efficiently, and economically.

To realise the true potential of renewable energy, such as sustainably sourced biomass, additional applications to various industrial sectors will need consideration. Furthermore, combining biomass with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) will enable the industrial sector to generate carbon-neutral and carbon-negative energy for its production processes.

In a report titled Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, the IEA stated that BECCS will continue to play a critical role in all scenarios to achieve net-zero emissions. BECCS offers opportunities to decarbonise not only the energy...

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