Seeing the Forest
By: Jennifer Jenkins, PhD, and Alan Kroeger
The forest and energy sectors are inextricably intertwined, and we believe that sustainable biomass is an important part of our shared, low-carbon, renewable energy future. To understand the real value of forest biomass for climate change mitigation, it’s important to consider the forest and energy sectors together. In our new white paper, we describe the scientific basis for using bioenergy to mitigate climate change. In addition, we share our view of what constitutes good and bad biomass. Among other things, we believe that good biomass is sourced with respect for conservation values and biodiversity, is not made from wood that could be used for other long-lived products, and comes from working forests with stable or growing carbon stocks.