Bioenergy, land use change and climate change mitigation

International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Bioenergy Task has published a report for policy makers titled “Bioenergy, Land Use Change and Climate Change Mitigation,” which addresses how the climate change mitigation from the use of bioenergy can be influenced by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arising from land-use change.
The report considers biofuels for transport and biomass use for heat and power, as well as present and prospective fossil fuel substitution patterns. The reports discusses the difficulties in quantifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by most bioenergy production and consumption due to direct and indirect land use change. It discusses ways to avoid the need to include land use within emissions calculations by using of post-consumer organic residues and by-products from the agricultural and forest industries as bioenergy feedstock.

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