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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Booming biomass demands harmonised sustainability standards – Eurelectric

Environmental Finance
24 November 2011

The EU may need to double its primary biomass supply by 2020 if member states are to meet their renewable energy targets, according to Eurelectric, the trade association for Europe’s electricity industry. This will require substantial imports and harmonised criteria on what constitutes sustainable biomass, the association says.

Current EU production of solid biomass for heat and power generation is around 82 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) but this will increase to between 146 Mtoe and 158 Mtoe in 2020, depending on conversion efficiency rates, if member states achieve their National Renewable Energy Action Plans.

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