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Electricity from pellets shows quick carbon savings

By Staff | October 25, 2013

A new report has determined that wood pellets imported to Europe from the Southeast U.S. and British Columbia, Canada, for electricity production immediately or very rapidly contribute to climate change mitigation. The report, titled Forest Sustainability and Carbon Balance of EU Importation of North American Forest Biomass for Bioenergy Production, was prepared by the European Biomass Association, BC Bioenergy Network, U.S. Industrial Wood Pellet Association and Wood Pellet Association of Canada.


The document informs stakeholders about current biomass sourcing practices, highlights the role of Sustainable Forest Management in forest-based outlines commercial realities of SFM decision making in the context of healthy forests used for multiple purposes. It also examines the carbon dynamics of forests from which biomass fuels are obtained.

 

2 Responses

  1. TreeC123

    2013-10-28

    1

    I am glad you noted the source of the information so that people will know not to trust the report without careful analysis, which will reveal that biomass energy results in a significant short-term carbon debt which is not repaid for a long time, and during that time the extra CO2 in the atmosphere will cause a lot of harm.

  2. Andrew Johnson

    2013-11-03

    2

    The short-term carbon debt argument is a ruse. It is logical only if you consider an individual tree. In reality a working forest is a "wood basket" with a yearly/daily/hourly net fiber gain. Responsible harvesting is in balance with this gain (sustainable) and working forests are generally more healthy, and therefore better sequesters of carbon, than unmanaged forest.

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