On behalf of Western Development Commission (WDC), Action Renewables, Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), we are pleased to announce the release of reports highlighting the benefits of bioenergy.
The BioPAD Emissions Pack features four guides to Energy Flows and Carbon Emissions, an analysis of Greenhouse Reductions Resulting from the BioPAD Project, and a case study examining the Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Wood Chips and Wood Pellets.
The Energy Flows and Carbon Emissions guides provide information regarding emissions and flow of carbon and energy for individual bioenergy feedstocks and technologies (energy crops, wood, and anaerobic digestion). A fourth report, Energy Flows and Carbon Emissions from Biomass Energy, provides an overview across all fuel types.
The use of local bioenergy brings significant economic and social benefits to an area. Three studies of these benefits were carried out as part of BioPAD. The first of these reviews the social and economic benefits of bioenergy. View the report here: BioPAD Socioeconomic effects
The second looks at the value chains associated with bioenergy to estimate the local benefits in Finland. You can view it here: Value chain of bioenergy and socio-economic contributions
The third used case studies to analyses local social and economic benefits in Ireland. The summary report is available here: Local Economic and Social Benefits
One of the most important outcomes of bioenergy development is the opportunity for new businesses and new business types to be created in response to the new demand and supply opportunities. BioPAD carried out a survey of new business opportunities, and the subsequent report is available here: BioPAD New Business Opportunities Survey Report.
These reports can be found on the ‘Benefits of Bioenergy’ page