Monday, September 17, 2012

[biofuelwatch] New Biofuelwatch report: Sustainable Biomass: A Modern Myth





Biofuelwatch has released a new report, `Sustainable Biomass: A Modern Myth'. It explores the certification companies certifying biomass as sustainable, the UK government's proposed sustainability criteria for biomass, and developer's `promises' to source sustainable biomass.


To download the report and the Executive Summary, please go to: www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2012/biomass_myth_report/

The UK is on the one hand at the forefront of industrial bioenergy development worldwide, with industry-announced plans for a capacity to burn 90 million tonnes of (largely imported) biomass for electricity.  On the other hand, the UK is set to become the first country to introduce mandatory biomass sustainability and greenhouse gas standards worldwide.  It therefore serves as a case study for similar developments and policies proposed elsewhere.
The report includes:
+ An overview of the UK's biomass policies and industry developments in the global context;
+ An overview of the key impacts of large-scale bioenergy on forests and climate, land-grabbing and communities living near biomass-burning power stations;
+  A discussion of the inspection, verification and certification companies behind which provides the certificates and audits classing biomass (and wood in general) as sustainable, looking closely at four of the larger players in the sector;
+ An analysis of four UK energy companies' 'biomass sustainability' policies and promises as well as voluntary industry standards which are being developed by the Initiative Wood Pellet Buyers;
+ A discussion of forestry certification labels, specifically the Forestry Stewardship Council and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification in the context of bioenergy;
+ An analysis of the proposed UK biomass sustainability standards;
+ A discussion of carbon accounting for biomass: Are better greenhouse gas standards the answer?
+ A look at 'three special myths' of 'sustainable biomass': Wood from beetle-infested forests, wood from forests logged for 'fire risk reduction', and biomass grown on 'marginal lands'.


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