Bioenergy is a key renewable energy resource, which is derived from any organic material (biomass).
The types of biomass that are used to provide bioenergy include:
- purpose-grown energy crops, including short rotation forestry, reed canary grass, etc.
- wood, forestry thinnings and residues, recycled wood
- organic waste
- agricultural residues and agrifood effluents
- organic fraction of municipal solid waste
- separated household waste
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Why are bioenergy fuels so important in the BioPAD partner regions?
Bioenergy fuels are vital to the BioPAD partner regions because:
- The climatic conditions of these regions are suited to forestry growth, grasses, energy crops
- Agricultural traditions already in place in each region can be developed to take advantage of bioenergy opportunities – for example, for growing crops that can be used in the bio-energy process.
- Waste-management solutions can be developed using bioenergy technology
- In addition, the increased use of bioenergy resources in the NPP areas will contribute to renewable energy targets; climate change mitigation; waste policies; rural development by providing new markets and employment development opportunities for farming and forestry sectors as well as community enterprise.