Bioenergy and Greenhouse Gases

Published: May 2008
Authors: Gregory Morris, Ph.D.
Pages: 50

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Bioenergy is part of the solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Biofuels are carbon neutral and offset emissions from substitute fossil fuels.

Standard disposal options for biomass residues, from decomposition to burial in a landfill to open burning, produce higher levels of greenhouse gas levels than their use for electricity production. This report contends that increasing productive uses for biomass can reduce fossil fuel consumption. It also explores ways in which these offsets can be captured in an official tracking system that can be integrated into greenhouse gas compliance programs.