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The amount of domestically available biomass used for bioenergy in Europe can triplicate within sustainable and environmental limits and at a reasonable cost, according to recently published research conducted by André Faaij of the University of Groningen.
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As attention focuses on the urgency of fighting climate change at the United Nations COP24 meeting in Katowice, Poland, the research results confirm that bioenergy is one of the most viable solutions for maintaining global warming to the recommended level of +1.5°C by 2050. Bioenergy is versatile and flexible, and it can help drastically cut carbon emissions throughout different sectors: transport, heating and electricity production.

Agricultural biomass

The availability of sustainable biomass is a decisive factor to determine the contribution of bioenergy to the 2050 energy mix. Faaij states that to achieve the wanted potential by 2050, the energy contribution of agricultural biomass will need to increase significantly and become at least as important as that of energy from forest biomass.

Based on these findings, Jean-Marc Jossart, Secretary-General of Bioenergy Europe, calls upon the parties of the Paris Agreement to emphasise the synergies between the use of different types of bioenergy, climate adaptation measures, environmental protection and the deployment of a wider bio-economy in the conclusions of the COP24 talks.