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Wood Pellet Association of Canada: findings of Dutch advisory board ‘fly in the face of international science’

By Gordon Murray, ED, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Canadian Biomass Magazine
July 21, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The findings of the Dutch Social and Economic Council suggesting the Netherlands phase out the use of biomass for heating and electricity fly in the face of international science regarding biomass. In fact, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading authority on climate change, has recognized the significant greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation potential of biomass – as much as 80 to 90 per cent – provided that it is developed sustainably and used efficiently.  It is ironic that while the majority of European Union member states have met their legal obligations under the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the Netherlands, along with Luxemburg, are the two countries lagging furthest from meeting their GHG reduction targets. This seems to be the classic case of fiddling while Rome burns.

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