Biomass Energy, Forests and Climate Library

Welcome to the Biomass Energy, Forests and Climate library. It has been brought together by the Forest, Climate and Biomass Working Group of the Environmental Paper Network. We want activists, communities, scholars – anyone who’s interested in forest biomass issues – to be able to find all the key resources in one place. So we’ve gathered together key resources that present case studies and explain the science behind biomass energy and its impacts on forests and climate.

To use the library, you’ll see that the resources are organised into a few categories, so you can search by topic, geographic location, date and language. You can also use the search box to enter anything you like that might help you in your search – key words, authors, organisations, whatever will lead you to what you want.

When you get results for your search, it’ll tell you how many resources that has identified and, for each one, it will show you what sort of resource it is – pdf document, video, etc – and will give a short summary of what it contains. Click on the title to be taken straight to the resource itself. If you want to find out more about the organisation that produced the resource or the publication in which it was published, click on the Organisation/Publication name and it will take you to their web page.

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Author: Birdlife, European Environmental Bureau and Transport & Environment
Date: 2010
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Carbon Accounting, climate science, LULUCF
Summary:

A report of two research papers, which demonstrate the climate implications of biomass carbon debt and the accounting gap of reporting carbon from biomass harvesting under LULUCF.

Author: Biofuelwatch
Date: 2014
Location: No specific location
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, health, Human Impact
Summary:

Briefing on potential health impacts of burning wood in power stations which suggests that burning wood produces a wide range of air pollutants, not dissimilar to burning coal.

Author: Ben Allen, Bettina Kretschmer, David Baldock, Henrietta Menadue, Silvia Nanni, Graham Tucke
Date: 2014
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO report
Topics: climate science, LULUCF
Summary:

Analysis of the potential energy production from growing biomass on "spare" land in the European Union, which shows that the data on land is sparse, the area of land available is limited and the overall energy potential from growing dedicated energy crops on such land is very low.

Author: Benoit Grimont
Date: 2015
Location: Continent - Europe, Country - France
Language: French
Type of resource: Video
Topics: Biodiversity, Biomass Power Stations, Forests, Human Impact
Summary:

Film examining the environmental and social impacts of the coal-to-biomass conversion of the power station at Gardanne, Provence.

Author: Fred Pearce
Date: 2015
Location: Continent - Europe, Country - France, Country - Romania, Country - Slovakia, Country - UK
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Biodiversity, Biomass Power Stations, Forests, Human Impact
Summary:

Case study report highlighting the destructive impact of the biomass industry.

Author: Dogwood Alliance
Date: 2015
Location: Continent - North America, Country - United States
Language: English
Type of resource: Video
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, Forests, Human Impact, Wood pellet production
Summary:

Video explaining the health and environment impacts of wood pellet plants on a rural community.

Author: Dogwood Alliance
Date: 2015
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Video
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, Forests, Wood pellet production
Summary:

Video summarising the threats to US forests from the biomass energy industry.

Author: Janis Abolins & Janis Gravitis
Date: 2015
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Forests, LULUCF
Summary:

Research looking at energy production from woody biomass. The authors argue that generating electricity by burning wood is an extremely inefficient use of land under conditions of sustainable supply of the fuel and conclude that transfer to bio-energy without radical changes in the existing economic system would further aggravate the environmental crisis.

Author: David L. Achat, Mathieu Fortin, Guy Landmann, Bruno Ringeval and Laurent Augusto
Date: 2015
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: climate science, Forests
Summary:

An analysis which shows that intensive biomass harvests could constitute an important source of carbon transfer from forests to the atmosphere, partly neutralizing the role of a carbon sink played by forest soils.

Author: Jérôme Laganière, David Paré, Evelyne Thiffault, Pierre Y. Bernier
Date: 2015
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Carbon Accounting, climate science, Forests
Summary:

Exploration of the time taken for the substituion of forest bioenergy for fossil fuels to start having a net beneficial impact on atmospheric CO2. This shows that for anything other than forest residues, the time is long and very uncertain.

Author: Mark Olden
Date: 2016
Location: Continent - Europe, Country - Germany, Country - Latvia, Country - Romania, Country - Sweden
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Forests, Sustainability
Summary:

Case study report highlighting how "sustainable forest management" has no clear definition and is frequently not sustainable as well as pointing out that discussing SFM is a distraction from the bigger issue: If you harvest a tree from a sustainable forest and burn it for energy, it doesn’t mean the energy is either sustainable or climate-neutral. The way biomass a limited resource is used rather than how forests are managed is the key issue here.

Author: Anne M. Trainor, Robert I. McDonald, Joseph Fargione
Date: 2016
Location: Continent - North America
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: LULUCF, Wood pellet production
Summary:

Analysis of the land use impacts of different energy sources, which concludes that biofuels would affect the largest area of land - and that energy efficiency is critically important.

Author: Victor Nian
Date: 2016
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, Carbon Accounting, Fossil Fuels
Summary:

An analysis comparing woody biomass and coal energy production which concludes that energy from woody biomass is not carbon neutral and can have negative environmental effects.

Author: Jennifer K. Costanza, Robert C. Abt, Alexa J. McKerrow, Jaime A. Collazo
Date: 2016
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Biodiversity, Policy and Law, Wood pellet production
Summary:

A range of scenarios of the possible impact of woody biomass production for energy in North Carolina, which highlights the overlap between areas that are critical for biodiversity with those most likely to be affected by woody biomass production.

Author: Bill Moomaw, Danna Smith
Date: 2017
Location: Continent - North America, Country - United States
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Forests, Policy and Law
Summary:

Report on forests and climate that concludes that treating forests as an unlimited, renewable, extractable commodity that can support infinite growth in the forest products industry is an outdated business model that must yield to a new way of doing business that values standing forests.