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Europe's 2020 emission targets at risk by biomass?

April 10, 2012 Written by EurActiv.com
Apr. 10, 2012 - In late March, the European Parliament for Brussels was told to reconsider its biomass emissions calculations, based upon the rapidly gaining traction argument from scientists, researchers and NGOs that biomass may not necessarily be carbon-neutral.

According to an article on EurActiv.com, the movements against the carbon neutrality argument for biomass is gaining support at an extremely fast pace, including from EU officials.

“It is wrong to assume that bio-energy is ‘carbon neutral’ by definition, it depends what you replace it with” Professor Detlef Sprinz, the Chairman of the independent Scientific Committee advising the European Environment Agency (EEA) told EurActiv. “If you replace a growing forest by energy crops under the current accounting rules of the EU, you may very well increase greenhouse gas emissions.”

The article goes on to discuss about the feasibility of the European Union's desire to reduce emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020, and how it may not be as likely as everyone initially assumed by using biomass.

This debate shows no sign of ending, in the EU or Canada, without substantially more data, but it is important for all biomass producers and exporters to be aware of.


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