Can one state that the use of biomass for energy is neutral in terms of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere?
The use of renewables has been advocated as one of the solutions for the combat to climate change. In that context, the use of biomass for energy is often referred as “neutral” in terms of CO2 emissions.
This study reviews the facts and arguments that try to justify or refute that thesis and how, in reality, the different governments are reporting and accounting for emissions from biomass burning.
Terraprima was responsible for the analysis on how emissions from the use of biomass are accounted and the legitimacy of using the expression “carbon neutral” associated with that accounting.
This study was conducted for European Confederation of Paper Industries (CEPI) in co-authorship with Alterra.