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Friday, 4 May 2012

Biomass: Good idea or not?

The government has published a biomass strategy which it says could create 50,000 jobs as well as protecting the UK from future energy shocks. Although the document has been welcomed by some organisations, such as the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), others including the Combined Heat and Power Association believes that it is not supported by government policies, which need to be strengthened.

Elsewhere, concern about biomass continues to be an issue. Beverley Law of Oregon State University for example says: "The main objective of bioenergy production from forest harvest is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the strategy is likely to miss the mark."

Major concerns include shorter tree rotations, younger forests, depleted soil nutrients, increased risk of erosion, loss of forest biodiversity and function, higher costs for bioenergy than are now being anticipated, and increased use of fertilizers – also a source of greenhouse emissions.

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Western Farm Press

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