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.

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

Review that identifies how bioenergy is not carbon neutral but is a contributor to GHG emissions and highlights the importance of preventing deforestation.

Author: Robert Matthews, Geoff Hogan and Ewan Mackie
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Research institution report
Topics: Policy and Law, Sustainability
Summary:

Analysis of the results of a project looking at the carbon impacts of biomass which reach the conclusion that bioenergy, and forest bioenergy in particular, can be a potential contributor to increased GHG emissions unless there is a very strong policy framework that ensures effective management.

Author: John D Sterman, Lori Siegel and Juliette N Rooney-Varga
Date: 2018
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, climate science, Forests, Wood pellet production
Summary:

Analysis of the climate impact of replacing wood for coal in power generation, which suggests that biofuels are not carbon neutral and would increase atmospheric CO2 and worsen irreversible impacts of climate change.

Author: Timothy D Searchinger, Tim Beringer, Bjart Holtsmark, Daniel M. Kammen, Eric F. Lambin, Wolfgang Lucht, Peter Raven & Jean-Pascal van Ypersele 
Date: 2018
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Forests, Policy and Law
Summary:

A peer-reviewed paper setting out the arguments made in the 2018 letter to MEPs from nearly 800 scientists.

Author: Timothy D. Searchinger, Stefan Wirsenius, Tim Beringer and Patrice Dumas
Date: 2018
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: climate science, LULUCF
Summary:

A peer-reviewed paper setting out a methodology for assessing the climate impacts of using land for biofuel production (amongst other things).

Author: Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance
Date: 2018
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: LULUCF, Policy and Law
Summary:

A land-based proposal to meet the 1.5⁰C target.

Author: Fern
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - Europe, Country - Czech Republic, Country - Estonia, Country - Finland, Country - France, Country - Germany, Country - Ireland, Country - Poland, Country - Lithuania, Country - Romania, Country - Slovakia, Country - Sweden
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Forests, Policy and Law
Summary:

Summary of current threats to forests in 11 EU countries. Biomass is cited as being directly involved in France and Germany.

Author: Sandbag
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, climate science, Policy and Law, Wood pellet production
Summary:

An assessment of planned coal-to-biomass projects in Europe which concludes that such projects risk accelerating climate change and would generate less energy for higher costs than investment in other renewables.

Author: Saul Elbein
Date: 2019
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Newspaper/media article
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, Forests, Policy and Law
Summary:

Article summarising the dangers of using woody biomass for energy generation, which concludes that the US is burning the forests to save them....

Author: Walter V. Reid, Mariam K. Ali, Christopher B. Field
Date: 2019
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: Background, LULUCF, Policy and Law
Summary:

Review article on bioenergy which concludes that it does not have a sustainable long-term future as a key part of the global energy mix. It suggests that policymakers should limit near‐term incentives for land intensive bioenergy and instead should provide incentives for the next generation of technologies that will allow a zero‐carbon future.

Author: Biofuelwatch
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - Europe, Country - Estonia
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, Forests
Summary:

Report from a series of visits to Estonia to examine wood pellet production. Observations include a high proportion of the wood used to make pellets consisted of roundwood, i.e. whole logs, of all sizes and ages. The prevalent ‘forestry practice’ across Estonia is the extensive clearcutting of naturally regenerated forests.

Author: Platform Forest Climate
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: climate science, Forests
Summary:

Publication aimed at the German government explaining why biomass doesn't mitigate climate change.

Author: Spatial Informatics Group
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Biomass Power Stations, Carbon Accounting, climate science, Wood pellet production
Summary:

Carbon life cycle assessment of wood pellets used by Drax power station in the UK from three plantations in the United States. It concludes that it would take at least 40 years to reach "carbon parity" and that emissions would be much higher than from renewable sources.

Author: Dogwood Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Southern Environmental Law Center
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - North America
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO report
Topics: Forests, Wood pellet production
Summary:

Summary and images from investigations into logging practices by wood pellet producers in South Eastern United States between 2013 and 2019.

Author: Environmental Paper Network, Biofuelwatch, Global Forest Coalition
Date: 2019
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Forests, Wood pellet production
Summary:

Summary for investors of the reputational risks of investing in biomass energy.