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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90 RESULTS

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.

Author: Aude Valade, Sebastiaan Luyssaert, Patrick Vallet, Sylvestre Njakou Djomo, Ingride Jesus Van Der Kellen and Valentin Bellassen
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - Europe, Country - France
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Carbon Accounting, Forests
Summary:

Technical analysis of the French forestry sector that concludes that however they are managed, the carbon balance of using forests for energy would not break even until 2060-2080 at the earliest.

Author: John M. DeCicco and William H. Schlesinger
Date: 2018
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: climate science
Summary:

Review of the evidence about carbon impacts of biomass energy. It concludes that the experience with bioenergy production and the pressure it places on land, water, biodiversity, and other natural resources has raised questions about its merits. Bioenergy must be evaluated by addressing both the stocks and flows of the carbon cycle.

Author: Robert Matthews, Nigel Mortimer, Jan Peter Lesschen, Tomi J Lindroos, Laura Sokka, Allison Morris, PaulHenshall, Charlotte Hatto, Onesmus Mwabonje, Jeremy Rix, Ewan Mackie and Marc Sayce
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Research institution report
Topics: Carbon Accounting, climate science
Summary:

Report from the experts who advised the European Commission, outlining that the sustainability criteria in the new EU renewable energy directive are grossly inadequate and that EU Member States will need to implement measures at national level to ensure that bioenergy delivers GHG savings over fossil fuels.

Author: Anna B. Harper, Tom Powell, Shijie Shu
Date: 2018
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Forests, LULUCF, Policy and Law
Summary:

Analysis of land-use changes to tackle emissions. It concludes that carbon removed from the atmosphere through BECCS could easily be offset by losses due to land-use change. If BECCS involves replacing high-carbon content ecosystems with crops, then forest-based mitigation could be more efficient for atmospheric CO2 removal than BECCS.

Author: Southern Environmental Law Center
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - North America
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Biodiversity, Forests
Summary:

Negative impacts of the woody biomass industry on habitats and wildlife in the South Eastern United States.

Author: Environmental Paper Network
Date: 2018
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Position statement
Topics: Background, Forests
Summary:

Position statement laying out the dangers of forest biomass.

Author: Matrix Chambers
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Position statement
Topics: Forests, Policy and Law
Summary:

Legal document outlining why forest biomass should not be considered a renewable fuel.

Author: Mary S Booth
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - North America, Country - United States
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Carbon Accounting, climate science, Forests, Wood pellet production
Summary:

Analysis challenging some of the assumptions that have been used in calculating emissions from the US bioenergy and wood pellet manufacturing sectors.

Author: Klaus Josef Hennenberg, Hannes Böttcher & Corey J. A. Bradshaw
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Forests, Policy and Law
Summary:

Highlights the inadequacy of safeguards in relation to forestry in the new European renewable energy directive.