European Biomass Association
Bioenergy systems can have an impact on terrestrial carbon stocks - in both positive and negative ways. However, recent attention has been almost exclusively focused on scientific papers that have not sufficiently evaluated actual sustainable harvesting and biomass feedstock utilization practices and the positive role biomass can play in ensuring healthy and productive forests. The experiences on certification of bioenergy are also ignored. Bioenergy can and must contribute to climate change mitigation.
Bioenergy has a closed carbon cycle unlike fossil fuels
Carbon emissions and sequestration into biomass are part of a closed cycle, with exchanges between terrestrial and atmospheric carbon pools. As a forest grows, the atmospheric carbon decreases, and vice versa, without any net change in carbon in the cycle. With fossil fuels the situation is radically different. When fossil fuels are mined and burnt the carbon that would otherwise have been stored in earth's crust is suddenly released to the atmosphere. This permanently increases the amount of carbon in the cycle, raising global temperatures for millennia to come, thus creating a real carbon debt for future generations. It is strange to suggest that biomass would be worse than coal on account of its carbon cycle. Preferring fossil fuels over biomass is counterproductive to society's ambitions to mitigate climate change...(to read the full statement, please click here).