White House Wisely Rejects the 'Categorical Carbon Neutrality' of Biomass, But What Now?

June 30, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

The White House OMB released a Statement of Policy this week detailing the many reasons why the President would veto H.R. 2822, a 2016 appropriations bill for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior put together by the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives.[read more]

Cool Videos: Replacing Natural Gas with Biomass in the Netherlands

May 14, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Biomass and Fuel Replacement

Natural gas is a common power generation fuel, but it’s also used for heating. In Pumerend, a city of 80,000 residents in the Netherlands located about an hour from Amsterdam, a biomass heating facility was recently constructed to replace natural gas-fired heating.[read more]


Are Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass Indispensable in the Fight Against Climate Change?

September 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Carbon Capture, Biomass, and Climate Change

According to an international effort to comparing 18 models of the global energy-climate-economic system, efforts to mitigate climate change may depend on two technologies: the ability to capture carbon from power plants and industrial facilities and store it in geological formations and to derive energy from biomass.[read more]


Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There's A Biomass Catch

August 21, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

Rnewables Growth and the Biogas Catch

Would you pay $2.50 to double sustainable energy’s share of the global energy market, reduce carbon dioxide emissions 8.6 gigatonnes (Gt), and create 900,000 new net jobs in the energy sector by 2030? Unless you’re firmly rooted in the fossil fuel industry, the answer is probably yes.[read more]

Biomass: Not Carbon Neutral and Often Not Clean

April 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Power companies, facing pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels like coal, are often consider turning to biomass – an umbrella term for fuel that is newly derived from plant matter. Until recently, most people including policy makers assumed all biomass was clean and renewable.[read more]

Europe to Invest €3.8 Billion in the Biobased Economy

July 15, 2013 by Doris de Guzman

The European Commission proposed a €3.8 billion Public Private Partnership (PPP) on Biobased Industries, in order to accelerate the commercialization of biobased products in Europe.[read more]

Energy Risk: Cutting Down Trees for Biofuels?

May 26, 2013 by Michael Giberson

Cutting down trees to generate biofuels can’t make sense in terms of carbon accounting, can it? But what happens when deliberate cultivation of crops changes the land use and moves agricultural production to other plots of land?[read more]

The Limits of Biomass: UK Energy Needs

March 27, 2013 by Robert Wilson

UK forested land

A simple thought experiment. What if instead of building the 3.2 GW Hinkley C nuclear power station, the UK built a biomass plant instead?[read more]

Liquid Wood, Anybody?

February 6, 2012 by Stefano Ratti

One of the most abundant forms of renewable energy available in the United States is wood residue from forestry operations. The carbon in wood residue is bound to go back to the atmosphere, either as carbon dioxide (CO2) as a result of combustion (natural or controlled fire), or through methane (CH4), as a result of decomposition....[read more]

Feeding 10 Billion on a Hotter Planet (Part II)

December 23, 2011 by Barry Brook

Guest Post by Geoff Russell. Geoff is a mathematician and computer programmer and is a member of Animal Liberation SA. His recently published book is CSIRO Perfidy. His previous article on BNC was: Feeding the billions in 2050′s sauna (Part I) —————— Welcome to Part II of my presumptuously titled series on...[read more]

No Coal, No Oil, No Nuclear. No Biomass?

November 9, 2011 by Tomaz Ostir

This is [large-scale, industrial use of natural forests for energy] turning to ash sustainable job opportunities, threatening the greening of the forest sector and the value added product trend that has been emerging in recent years. And what is against of common understanding of biomass: Exploiting forests for energy increases carbon...[read more]

What Happened at Choren?

July 9, 2011 by Robert Rapier

If you have not heard by now, Choren Industries has begun bankruptcy proceedings. For those who don’t know, since 2009 I have worked as the technology advisor for the major investor and primary funding source for Choren. I have just returned from a visit to their plant in Freiberg, Germany. Due to the nature of my relationships with my...[read more]

Today's Energy Panacea: Biochar!

June 27, 2011 by Marc Gunther

Would you like to curb or even reverse global warming? Help feed the world? Generate renewable energy? Biochar is the answer, say its most fervent advocates. If only life were so simple. Biochar, alas, isn’t ready yet to be a meaningful solution to the climate crisis, or a way to enhance agricultural productivity at scale. But it’s an...[read more]

A Renewable Energy Technology That Gets No Respect

May 31, 2011 by Marc Gunther

 No Silicon Valley venture capitalist has invested in it. Government subsidies for it are skimpy, at best. It lacks clout in Washington. And it’s been around forever. Yet it’s by far the most popular form of renewable energy used at home, dwarfing the impact of rooftop olar panels and appealing not just to well-to-do greens but to...[read more]

Alarming Estimates of Forest Loss Linked to Bioenergy Projections

May 20, 2011 by John Wilson

Tuesday’s release of the draft Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) report raised an alarm that the South could lose as much as 23 million acres of forest over the next four decades. From the press release: According to the report, urbanization, bioenergy use, weather patterns, land ownership changes and invasive species will...[read more]