is the largest renewable energy source in use today. For the
future, bioenergy offers cost-effective and sustainable opportunities
with the potential to meet up to 50% of world energy demands
during the next century, while meeting the requirements of
reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Bioenergy projects
come in all sizes and types. Biomass can provide heat, power,
transport fuels and even alternative material feedstocks.
with bioenergy systems (often rural) benefit from the economic
activity associated with the biomass production. The increased
levels of employment and social cohesion help to maintain
community stability. Urban attitudes to biomass production
are more related to broader concerns for the environment.
The examples of bioenergy applications in many European cities
also illustrate that bioenergy is not just about local, rural
communities but it is important for cities too.
Biodiesel production in Mureck, Austria. Apart from
rapeseed, waste oils from restaurants are also used as
a raw material.
Charcoal production contributes some 200,000-300,000
jobs in Brazil
Modern biogas plant in Yagi Town, Kyoto Prefecture,