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,
Publicly available reports
Below is a list of all the publicly available reports relating to the theme of Biomass.
- Bringing biofuels on the market
- Socio-economic opportunities of the biobased economy in the south-west of the Netherlands
- Bio-energy status document 2012
- Natural cork bottle stoppers: a stopper on CO2 emissions?
- The soil in the bio-economy
- Inventory study of the biobased economy in the Dutch chemical industry
- Biofuels on the Dutch market
- Comparing the Green Gold Label CO2 Calculation Methodology with the NTA8080 Standard
- High-grade use of waste propane streams in the Dutch chemical industry
- Sustainable alternatives for land-based biofuels in the European Union
- Green chemical feedstocks: potential in the EU and sustainability aspects
- Cascading of Biomass
13 Solutions for a Sustainable Bio-based Economy
- Status document on bio-energy, 2011
- Benchmarking biofuels
- Product Expansion for the Superwijzer
- Sustainability of biomass in a bio-based economy
- Review of a report on the atmospheric emissions of wood-burning stoves
- BUBE: Better Use of Biomass for Energy
Background Report to the Position Paper of IEA REDT and IEA Bioenergy
- Biofuels: indirect land use change and climate impact
- Gas-powered driving and sailing - The cost and environmental impact of natural gas and green gas as transport fuels
- Good use of biomass - summary
- The environmental impact of the Belgian carpet supply chain
- A greenhouse gas calculation methodology for biomass-based power, heat and fuels*
- High-energy nature on and around the De Veluwe national park
- Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Zuiderzee rail link
- Survey sustainable Biomass
- The future of biofeedstocks in the Netherlands
- A strategy on climat-neutral fuels
- Cost effectiveness of CO2 mitigation in transport
- An Energy-Agri-Cluster as an alternative to the Zuiderzee rail link
- Bio-energy in Europe 2005: Policy trends and issues
- Environmental analysis of four alternative (bio-)fuels for the Gelderland 13 power station