Lessons learned from 10 years of emissions gap assessments, (the gap between commitments and the emissions reductions needed), which highlight the iurgency of action, the importance of "nature-based solutions" and the uncertainty of BECCS as a solution.
Commentary on the latest research on biomass, carbon capture and storage (BECCS). Concludes that the estimates for potential positive impact of BECCS are exaggerated, that reversing deforestation and other land use approaches are more effective and that much more research is needed on negative emission technologies (NET).
A review of biomass and climate change, tailored to making recommendations to potential investors. It is critical of biomass and its possible negative impacts on climate change and recommends investors to be extremely cautious or avoid it.
Research providing an assessment of government subsidies and other forms of financial support offered to biomass energy producers in the European Union, covering the 15 states most heavily reliant on biomass energy. Germany and the UK provided the biggest subsidies.
Author: Michael Norton, Andras Baldi, Vicas Buda, Bruno Carli, Pavel Cudlin, Mike B. Jones, Atte Korhola, Rajmund Michalski, Francisco Novo, Július Oszlányi, Filpe Duarte Santos, Bernhard Schink, John Shepherd, Louise Vet, Lars Walloe, Anders Wijkman
Briefing on standards that concludes that sustainability standards have not been shown to be an effective tool for avoiding or even reducing the negative impacts of biomass energy on the climate, on forests, on biodiversity and on communities.
We are in the midst of a biodiversity crisis, with scientists predicting that one million species face extinction, many within decades, primarily due to changes in land and sea use such as forest destruction. Since 1970, the planet has lost 60 percent of its vertebrate wildlife populations.