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: P.R. Shukla, J. Skea, E. Calvo Buendia, V. Masson-Delmotte, H.- O. Pörtner, D. C. Roberts, P. Zhai, R. Slade, S. Connors, R. van Diemen, M. Ferrat, E. Haughey, S. Luz, S. Neogi, M. Pathak, J. Petzold, J. Portugal Pereira, P. Vyas, E. Huntley, K. Kissick, M. Belkacemi, J. Malley, (eds.)
Date: 2019
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Intergovernment report
Topics: LULUCF, Policy and Law
Summary:

Technical report on land use and how it contributes to or mitigates climate change and how climate change will affect it. Some discussion of how large-scale biomass cultivation would increase pressure for land conversion.

Author: European Commission
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Intergovernment report
Topics: Carbon Accounting, Forests, LULUCF, Policy and Law
Summary:

EC report on all member states' national forestry accounting plans, explaining how the plans should have been developed, how land use emissions and production emissions should be accounted for and how each member state has performed.

Author: Christensen, J. and Olhoff, A.
Date: 2019
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Intergovernment report
Topics: Policy and Law
Summary:

Lessons learned from 10 years of emissions gap assessments, (the gap between commitments and the emissions reductions needed), which highlight the iurgency of action, the importance of "nature-based solutions" and the uncertainty of BECCS as a solution.

Author: European Academies Science Advisory Council
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: Research institution report
Topics: climate science, Forests, LULUCF
Summary:

Commentary on the latest research on biomass, carbon capture and storage (BECCS). Concludes that the estimates for potential positive impact of BECCS are exaggerated, that reversing deforestation and other land use approaches are more effective and that much more research is needed on negative emission technologies (NET).

Author: Jo Alexander
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: climate science
Summary:

A review of biomass and climate change, tailored to making recommendations to potential investors. It is critical of biomass and its possible negative impacts on climate change and recommends investors to be extremely cautious or avoid it.

Author: Natural Resources Defense Council
Date: 2019
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Policy and Law
Summary:

Research providing an assessment of government subsidies and other forms of financial support offered to biomass energy producers in the European Union, covering the 15 states most heavily reliant on biomass energy. Germany and the UK provided the biggest subsidies.

Author: Michael Norton, Andras Baldi, Vicas Buda, Bruno Carli, Pavel Cudlin, Mike B. Jones, Atte Korhola, Rajmund Michalski, Francisco Novo, Július Oszlányi, Filpe Duarte Santos, Bernhard Schink, John Shepherd, Louise Vet, Lars Walloe, Anders Wijkman
Date: 2019
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Peer reviewed publication
Topics: climate science, Policy and Law
Summary:

Analysis of how current policy is incentivising biomass energy generation, which has negative climate impacts and is contradictory to scientific advice.

Author: Eddy Isaacs
Date: 2019
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Research institution report
Topics: climate science, Policy and Law
Summary:

Policy analysis on IPCC commitments which looks in particular at bioenergy and how it is accounted for.

Author: Sandra Laville
Date: 2019
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Newspaper/media article
Topics: Carbon Accounting, climate science
Summary:

How some governments exclude international aviation and shipping figures from carbon budgets.

Author: Paulo Artaxo and 39 other scientists
Date: 2019
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Position statement
Topics: climate science, Forests
Summary:

Scientists' statement on the importance of forests for climate.

Author: Biofuelwatch
Date: 2020
Location: Worldwide, Country - UK
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Biomass, Power Stations
Summary:

Briefing for Drax's largest shareholder.

Author: Biofuelwatch and Global Forest Coalition
Date: 2020
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Biodiversity, Climate, Communities, Forests, Sustainability
Summary:

Briefing on standards that concludes that sustainability standards have not been shown to be an effective tool for avoiding or even reducing the negative impacts of biomass energy on the climate, on forests, on biodiversity and on communities.

Author: Gaëtan du Bus de Warnaffe, Sylvain Angerand
Date: 2020
Location: Continent - Europe
Language: English
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: climate science, Forests
Summary:

Critical review of the French national low-carbon strategy, which has prioritised biomass energy, outlining an alternative that promotes forest protection.

Author: Kate Ravilious
Date: 2020
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Newspaper/media article
Topics: Background, climate science
Summary:

Summary of the current debate on biomass energy, concluding that it is not as green as it is marketed as being.

Author: Birdlife
Date:
Location: Worldwide
Language: English
Type of resource: Web Page
Topics: Background, Carbon Accounting
Summary:

Clear statement of the problem of carbon accounting and carbon debt from burning biomass energy.