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The climate benefits of biomass

Bioenergy Insight Magazine
July 20, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Danish energy firm Ørsted has moved almost entirely away from coal, thanks to wood biomass. In this article, Ørsted’s Carsten Birkeland Kjær explains how the company is utilising wood chips to reduce carbon emissions. Using wood biomass for energy generation has allowed Ørsted to almost fully move away from coal. To ensure significant carbon savings, the biomass must meet strict sustainability criteria; otherwise, it should not be used in energy generation. In the late 1970s, the combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Denmark were converted from oil to coal to reduce oil import dependency. However, as the awareness of climate change and the demand for carbon reductions increased, politicians and energy companies began to explore greener alternatives to coal.

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