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: 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.

Author: Birdlife International
Date: 2017
Location: Country - Germany, Country - Italy, Country - Romania, Country - Russia, Country - United States
Language: English
Type of resource: Video
Topics: Forests, Policy and Law
Summary:

Video demonstrating the impact of European renewable energy directives on forest destruction.

Author: Bronson W. Griscom, Justin Adams, Peter W. Ellis, Richard A. Houghton, Guy Lomax, Daniela A. Miteva, William H. Schlesinger, David Shoch, Juha V. Siikamäki, Pete Smith, Peter Woodbury, Chris Zganjar, Allen Blackman, João Campari, Richard T. Conant, Christopher Delgado, Patricia Elias, Trisha Gopalakrishna, Marisa R. Hamsik, Mario Herrero, Joseph Kiesecker, Emily Landis, Lars Laestadius, Sara M. Leavitt, Susan Minnemeyer, Stephen Polasky, Peter Potapov, Francis E. Putz, Jonathan Sanderman, Marcel Silvius, Eva Wollenberg, and Joseph Fargione
Date: 2017
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Biodiversity, Forests, Policy and Law
Summary:

Analysis of 20 "natural climate solutions" to explore their possible impact on climate change mitigation, which concludes that they can make a major contribution. Solutions include forest and wetland protection and avoiding natural habitat conversion.

Author: Lena R. Boysen, Wolfgang Lucht, Dieter Gerten, Vera Heck, Timothy M. Lenton and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Date: 2017
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Carbon acc, Human Impact
Summary:

Analysis of the feasibility of using managed biomass growth and subsequent carbon capture and storage to remove carbon dioxide. It concludes that it is not a viable alternative to substantial emissions reduction - the human and environmental impacts would be too large.

Author: Fern
Date: 2017
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: climate science, Forests, LULUCF
Summary:

Short film explaining the importance of forests in mitigating climate change and European countries' records on the issue.

Author: Fern
Date: 2017
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: climate science, Forests, Policy and Law, Sustainability
Summary:

Short film explaining the problems with biomass and European renewable energy policy.

Author: Sandbag
Date: 2017
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Fossil Fuels
Summary:

Analysis of the relationship between biomass and coal, including evidence that biomass subsidies indirectly support coal generation.

Author: European Environmental Bureau
Date: 2017
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Position statement
Topics: Carbon Accounting, climate science
Summary:

Paper that identifies what the EEB considers to be "burnable" only sources that produce very low GHG emissions that take both direct and indirect emissions into account.

Author: Searchinger, Timothy D., Tim Beringer, and Asa Strong
Date: 2017
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: LULUCF
Summary:

Paper that explains why the use of land for purpose-grown biofuel crops is counterproductive in climate terms, focusing on ILUC and forgone sequestration.

Author: European Academies Science Advisory Council
Date: 2017
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Research institution report
Topics: Biodiversity, climate science, Forests, Sustainability
Summary:

Research report from the EU's national academies of science that highglihgts the importance of forests for both biodiversity and climate and hence the dangers of using forests for biomass energy.