BIOPOWERSWITCH! – A BIOMASS BLUEPRINT TO MEET 15% OF OECD ELECTRICITY DEMAND BY 2020 WWF, EUROPEAN BIOMASS ASSOCIATIO, 2004-05 (LEAFLET)
Climate change is emerging as one of the biggest Threats to nature and national economies worldwide. Its effects are increasingly apparent. Melting ice, damaging forest fires, changing distribution patterns of plants and animals, coral bleaching, Desertification, and extreme and destructive weather events are just some of the telltale signs.
A key climate threat is electricity generation. Every year, we burn fossil fuels – coal, oil, and gas – that have taken half a million years to form. While the full impacts of the resulting carbon dioxide (CO2) gas emissions will only become truly apparent in the decades to come, we are already feeling the ‘heat’.
If we really want to prevent catastrophic climate change, we will have to make radical alterations to the ways in which we generate energy. One major solution lies in the contemporary, cutting-edge use of the oldest fuel known to man – wood.
Woody biomass – also known as biomass from forestry and farming – has the potential to become a major source for future electricity and heat production. By utilizing modern and efficient technologies, biomass offers a source of clean energy that can gradually replace coal and other fossil fuels, bringing environmental benefits, supporting rural development and creating new employment opportunities.
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