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.

If you have any suggestions for resources we should have in this library or any comments about it, please contact us. You may also find our Frequently Asked Questions helpful.

99 RESULTS

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.

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

Critique of the sustainability criteria for bioenergy proposed by the EU in 2017.

Author: Duncan Brack
Date: 2017
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Research institution report
Topics: Background, Carbon Accounting, climate science, Forests
Summary:

Current biomass policy frameworks are not fit for purpose and require substantial changes to ensure they contribute to mitigating climate change rather than exacerbating it.

Author: Duncan Brack
Date: 2017
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Research institution report
Topics: Background, Carbon Accounting, climate science, Forests
Summary:

Although most renewable energy policy frameworks treat biomass as carbon-neutral at the point of combustion, biomass emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels.

Author: Alice Freiberg, Julia Scharfe, Vanise C. Murta and Andreas Seidler
Date: 2018
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, health, Human Impact
Summary:

Literature review of studies on the health impacts of biomass power plants, which concludes that there do appear to be negative effects. Much more research is needed - so far, it is very sparse.

Author: Pierre Isnard-Dupuy
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - Europe, Country - France
Language: French
Type of resource: Newspaper/media article
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, climate science, Forests
Summary:

Media article examining the critiques of biomass energy in France and the Gardanne power station in particular.

Author: Wiriya Sati
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - Australia / Pacific
Language: English
Type of resource: Newspaper/media article
Topics: climate science, Forests
Summary:

News article exploring arguments against biomass production in NSW.