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Environmental impact of biomass for energy

The proceedings of a conference on the Environmental impact of biomass for energy, held in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, in November 1996, have recently been published. The conference's main objective was to present the results of a concerted action on "Environmental aspe...

The proceedings of a conference on the Environmental impact of biomass for energy, held in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, in November 1996, have recently been published. The conference's main objective was to present the results of a concerted action on "Environmental aspects of biomass production and routes for European energy supply", supported by DG VI of the European Commission. The main conclusions of the concerted action, detailed in the proceedings, are as follows: - Biomass energy will be one of the most realistic short to medium-term solutions to Europe's need to reduce CO2 emissions from energy use and substitute fossil fuels as energy sources; - Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) will be the most suitable instrument to analyse all environmental aspects of biomass production and use; - The benefits of using biomass energy may be increased by integrating its use with other aims, such as using set-aside land, preventing erosion or removing heavy metals from polluted soils; - Optimum crop and conversion routes vary according to the site concerned but, in general, energy crops used for electricity are preferable to energy crops used for liquid fuels.

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