Two new research papers by internationally-respected think tank Chatham House confirm that most wood-based bioenergy has a seriously negative impact on the climate, stating “biomass emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels”.
The research papers, which compile peer-reviewed scientific evidence, examine the serious flaws in international greenhouse gas accounting for biomass, which applies to the UK. They also examine the current and the expected future growth of wood-based bioenergy markets worldwide. They strongly criticise the biomass sustainability standards proposed by the European Commission to apply after 2020, and those developed by the governments of the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, as well as industry’s own voluntary certification scheme, the Sustainable Biomass Partnership:
These schemes’ failures to account, comprehensively or at all, for changes in forest carbon stock mean they cannot be considered adequate.”