Creating a sustainable energy future

Biomass

The IEA (International Energy Agency) defines bioenergy as the most important source of renewable energy today.

Pros and cons

  • Less waste in landfills
  • Cheap
  • Doesn't produce sulphur or mercury
  • Air pollution
  • Trees cut-down
Cornfield - Patrick Wall/Flickr

Biofuels Are Not a Green Alternative to Fossil Fuels

6 months ago
Powering cars with corn and burning wood to make electricity might seem like a way to lessen dependence on fossil fuels and help solve the climate crisis. But although some forms of bioenergy can play a helpful role, dedicating land specifically for generating bioenergy is unwise.
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Forest logs - Courtesy iStock / capably

Biomass energy: green or dirty?

6 months ago
The conversion to biomass energy has played a key role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. But is this renewable energy source really as green as we first thought?
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Office for National Statistics

A burning issue - biomass the biggest source of renewable energy in the UK

6 months ago
Analysis reveals the contribution of burning organic material from plants, trees and animals – including millions of tonnes of imported wood pellets from the USA and Canada – to the UK's energy mix. What is its environmental impact?
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Carbon Brief

CCC: UK Should 'move away' from large-scale biomass burning

6 months ago
The UK should not give support to any new large-scale biomass power plants unless they include carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
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