IRENA: Biomass Could Provide 20% Of World’s Energy By 2030

Renewable energy generated by biomass – from wood to agricultural waste – could provide a fifth of the world’s energy needs by 2030, according to a new analysis. The report, from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), forecasts “an auspicious future” for the biomass sector, suggesting such sources could generate as much as 60% of […]

Renewable energy generated by biomass – from wood to agricultural waste – could provide a fifth of the world’s energy needs by 2030, according to a new analysis.

The report, from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), forecasts “an auspicious future” for the biomass sector, suggesting such sources could generate as much as 60% of future renewable energy supply. If the full potential of biomass is realized, 40% of this energy could sustainably come from agricultural residues and waste, with another 30% generated with sustainable forestry products.

Many experts hope biomass will play a big role in the global energy mix, acting as a more constant compliment to more intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar. While biomass is currently used mostly for heating and cooking, it could have much wider energy and transport applications.

“Sustainable bioenergy has the potential to be a game-changer in the global energy mix,” said Dolf Gielen, IRENA’s director of innovation and technology. “Sustainably sourced biomass, such as residues, and the use of more efficient technology and processes can shift biomass energy production from traditional to modern and sustainable forms, simultaneously reducing air pollution and saving lives.”

However, for this to occur, IRENA argues that international cooperation and forward-thinking policies, such as preferential loans and tax breaks, are needed to support the growth of the biomass sector. The IRENA report follows the publication of new government figures that reveal biomass made a record contribution to the UK in the second quarter of 2014.

From Blue & Green Tomorrow: http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2014/09/26/irena-biomass-could-provide-20-of-energy-by-2030/

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