Burning Wood Can Be a Clean Source of Power After All

Financial Post | Mar 25, 2020 at 6:16 PM
  • Burning large amounts of wood from forests can cut greenhouse gas pollution–but only alongside policies that encourage new trees to quickly absorb carbon dioxide.
  • To achieve a net climate benefit, biomass must be governed by “efficient” climate policies that take into account both the amount of carbon dioxide that forests soak up as well as how much they release when chopped down and burned.
  • As the researchers put it, “Incentivizing both wood-based bioenergy and forest sequestration”–forests soaking up carbon from the atmosphere–“could increase carbon sequestration and conserve natural forests simultaneously”.