Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Climate Mitigation by Biomass - Full SRU Report available in English

16.01.2008
At the eve of the launch of the Commission Energy Package on 23rd of January 2008 the German Advisory Council reiterates ist warnings about overambitious agrofuel targets and insufficient mechanism to controll unwanted side-effects of increased global agrofuel demand.

In this advice, the Council argues that energy from biomass is a finite resource, which needs to be used carefully in order to maximize its greenhouse gas reduction impact.

Based upon a comparison of available scenarios the SRU estimates, that by 2030 no more than 10% of primary energy needs can be met by domestic sources in Germany. This assessment contradicts recent European Commission forecasts.

Those limits to growth apply, if implementation of existing legislation for nature conservation and water protection are to be fully respected and implemented. As regards some of the special impacts of bioenergy, such as grassland conversion, even stricter national and EU safeguards are needed. Since the use of bioenergies for stationary sources, such as combined heat and power generation or coal substitution, may earn in average three times more CO2-reduction than biofuels, clear-cut priorities should be set.

The overambitious national and European biofuel targets should be revised. The expected import boom requires international agreements in order to prevent direct and indirect damage to valuable tropical forests. The SRU believes, that those agreements may be achievable - but not in the short run.

The report also assesses second-generation biofuels, which may not have a significant market penetration before the end of the next decade and therefore should not be considered, when setting targets now. Furthermore, second-generation biofuels may increase productivity compared to first generation biofuels, but they do not convert the hierarchy of preferred biomass use.

The report has received considerable press coverage in German media. The full translation of the report is now available. As the Commission is about to formulate some sustainability criteria, global verification and credible enforcement only are still in there very early stages. Even strict criteria therefore will not be sufficient to ensure sustainability in the short run unless the overambitious expansion of subsidized agrofuel demand is slowed down.
Download:
http://umweltrat.de/02gutach/downlo02/sonderg/Climate_Change_
Mitigation_by_Biomass_web_2007.pdf

Christian Simon | idw
Further information:
http://umweltrat.de/02gutach/downlo02/sonderg/Climate_Change_Mitigation_by_Biomass_web_2007.pdf

More articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation:

nachricht Bioinvasion on the rise
15.02.2017 | Universität Konstanz

nachricht Litter Levels in the Depths of the Arctic are On the Rise
10.02.2017 | Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung

All articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Stingless bees have their nests protected by soldiers

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

New risk factors for anxiety disorders

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

MWC 2017: 5G Capital Berlin

24.02.2017 | Trade Fair News

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>