What is a ‘Trilogue’ and why it can make or break our forests

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By Kenneth Richter, Bioenergy consultant at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. We have been keeping you updated with the developments on European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive and the danger dirty bioenergy poses.   The negotiations are now slowly moving into home straight. Unfortunately, things are not looking too good right now, but there is still hope for […]

What is bioenergy

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This website explores the limits of sustainable use of bioenergy in Europe and the impacts of its increasing use Most of Europe’s renewable energy is bioenergy. That means burning a lot of biomass – but what is bioenergy exactly? Bio-energy (from the ancient Greek bios, life) derives from organic materials, such as wood, agricultural crops or organic […]

What science says

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The climate impacts and GHG emissions from increased bioenergy use as well the overall availability of biomass for energy are topics of increasing amount of research and public interest. Various social and environmental impacts have also been widely covered by research. What does the research say? Does bioenergy use reduce GHG emissions? “Altogether, the land […]

What drives demand

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Demand of biomass such as wood, crops and waste for energy is growing due to the EU’s policies While demand for food, wood and most natural resources is expected rise due to growing demand and population in general, demand by energy sector is driven by energy and climate policies. Therefore scrutiny is justified to ensure […]

What are we burning >

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WASTE Different kind bio-based waste streams can provide opportunities for sustainable use of bioenergy Waste with potential for bioenergy use include sewage sludge from waste water, manure from livestock, biowaste fraction of municipal solid waste , used cooking oil and other industrial food waste. Never the less, several challenges are also related to the increasing […]