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The White House Admits Biomass Burning Not “Carbon Neutral”

The White House admits that biomass burning is not "carbon neutral"

There is strong evidence to refute the claim that biomass is carbon neutral.

As an important measure, the White House issued a policy statement on June 23, strongly opposing and vetoing the reclassification of all biomass power generation as inherently "carbon neutral", which will increase the attractiveness of biomass incineration All over the United States and the world.

The White House took a strong stance on this topic and said:

"The government opposes the bill to describe forest biomass as absolutely "carbon neutral." This language conflicts with the existing EPA bio-sourced CO2 policy and interferes with those who do not apply forest biomass to solar or wind energy and other renewable sources. The position of a country with the same fuel policy. This language contradicts the broad consensus reached by EPA’s own independent scientific advisory committee, numerous technical studies, many states, and various other stakeholders on policy and best available science."

There is strong evidence to refute the claim that biomass is carbon neutral. Scientists generally believe that logging bioenergy will create "carbon debt." A report by Biofuelwatch provides evidence that wood biomass power generation leads to "higher carbon emissions than an equivalent amount of coal power generation" and leads to the deforestation of ancient forests. When we must immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst effects of climate change, the cost of this "carbon debt" is too high.

"Biomass proponents believe that as the harvested forest regenerates, carbon dioxide will be reabsorbed, but in addition to the high degree of uncertainty, the regeneration process will take decades-during this period, additional carbon dioxide emissions will lead to additional Warming," Jonathan Lewis expressed his appreciation for the White House’s decision at The Energy Collective.

The recent White House statement and veto power should serve as an important reminder to classify biomass energy as carbon neutral and renewable energy without considering the danger of direct emissions.

At the same time, in the European Union...

EU legislation regards biomass energy production as carbon neutral, and member states regard biomass as an important tool to help them achieve the renewable energy targets set by the Renewable Energy Directive. The fact that the EU does not have mandatory standards to ensure the sustainability of the use of biomass energy production exacerbates this flawed assumption. In addition, local activists often report the use of refuse-derived fuel or municipal solid waste as fuel, which is only included in the mixture. For example, the biomass power plant in Greater Manchester will mix industrial wood residues and municipal solid waste.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) Scientific Committee issued an opinion on September 6, 2011, stating that there are "serious accounting errors" in the baseline definition of European bioenergy policy. According to the Commission, there is a major accounting flaw in EU legislation. It is incorrect to calculate the biomass used for power generation as "zero emission" and will have a "huge" negative impact on the environment.

The recent report has sounded the alarm, indicating that the European biomass industry is having a further impact on the United States through increased demand for wood pellets as fuel. Although the biomass fuel company Enviva claims to mainly use tree waste in its fuel, the evidence from the US investigation shows that this is not the case. Source of wood. Enviva’s website says that they only use waste wood, but you can follow the truck to the logging site and see what they are doing.” The Law Center found that Enviva's pellets are from hardwood, and therefore are far below the UK's biomass fuel standards.

In fact, in cooperation with Drax plc, the UK has always paid special attention to the development of biomass technology and plants. The operator of the largest coal-fired power station in the UK has recently become the operator of "the world's largest biomass power station". By continuing to view biomass energy as a “green” option, the European Union and the British government have allowed the generation of large amounts of emissions, which may have a devastating impact on climate change in the short to medium term. Oliver Munion from Biofuelwatch made it clear that “using the biomass carbon calculator recently released by the British government itself can prove that a large part of the wood burned by Drax can cause carbon emissions 3 times the equivalent carbon emissions from burning coal.”

Bring more profits to the cement industry

The cement industry takes full advantage of the assumed carbon neutrality of biomass. On the surface, in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the cement industry has promoted the use of "alternative fuels" such as biomass and waste, which they claim are carbon-neutral fuel sources. In response to the EU’s incentives for biomass incineration, several organizations including the Global Incinerator Alternatives Alliance (GAIA) stated in a report, “The cement industry is undergoing a green cleaning, which is its repositioning as a waste incineration in the industrial market. The main reason is that it has nothing to do with environmental issues, but to follow their economic interests. In fact, the incineration of waste in cement is an activity that is harmful to the environment and has worse consequences for public health, and it is not as it claims. Reduce emissions that way."

The White House statement on the carbon neutrality of biomass burning is a positive step towards acknowledging the full impact of biomass power generation. This also acknowledges that the EPA cannot rely on simplistic science to continue to prove that biomass burning is a sustainable energy source.

For the governments of the European Union and the United Kingdom and many other governments in the world, the US government recognizes that biomass burning is not essentially "carbon neutral". This should be a clear message to include biomass in renewable and "carbon neutral". Energy is actually incorrect and leads to concerns about the dangers of pollution and environmentally destructive energy.

The European biomass industry’s increased demand for wood pellets as fuel has a further impact on the United States.

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