Bearings for the biomass boom

Opinion paper
, 2 pages
PDF (161.32 KB)
Published: March 2011
Sustainable Development Opinion Papers
Product code:17090IIED

Biomass energy is booming – more than two billion people depend on biomass for their energy and the International Energy Agency predicts that biomass’ share of the global energy supply will treble by 2050. But in many developing countries it is still regarded as a traditional and dirty solution that is often criminalised, unsustainable and poorly paid. This opinion discusses how a more sophisticated approach that legalises and secures sustainable production by and for local people could help improve energy security, cut carbon emissions, protect forests and reduce poverty.