Battle for Biomass
As biomass becomes increasingly popular, and a s a result of (European) incentives for biofuels and bio-electricity in particular, there is growing competition between the various potential routes of biomass through the economy. From the angle of sustainable development it’s important that biomass is put to optimal use, to ensure maximum returns and gains in terms of eco-efficiency – in other words, the greatest environmental benefits per euro invested.
In this dynamic context we’re developing tools for comparing the eco-efficiency of the many options for industrial biomass use, at the same time working out how best to encourage such efficiency. In doing so we adopt a Life Cycle approach, identifying greenhouse gas emissions and other impacts all the way down the supply chain, including issues of deforestation and social welfare in developing countries if the biomass is (to be) imported.
Even under these constraints biomass has enormous potential, though, as set out in the National Outlook on the Biomass Transition compiled and coordinated by CE Delft, which shows that by 2040 over 30% of Dutch energy demand can be covered by biomass.
Our clients include the Dutch ministries of Economic Affairs and Environment, SenterNovem, the Netherlands Petroleum Industry Association (VNPI), the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment and a number of chemicals companies.
For further information,
please contact Geert Bergsma
Publicly available reports
Below is a list of all the publicly available reports relating to the theme of Biomass.
Background Report to the Position Paper of IEA REDT and IEA Bioenergy