Events & Announcements
Strengthening the Link: Sustainable Biomass & Forest Certification
When: Nov 14, 2012
Where: Vienna, Austria
Organized By: PEFC
Globally, wood is a massive source of energy. It is the leading source of renewable energy, contributes some 9% to the global primary energy supply, and is estimated to supply 2 billion people with energy for household cooking and heating.
Even with these impressive credentials, wood or more generally, forest biomass continues to hold untapped promise for reducing society’s dependence on fossil fuels and playing a critical role in the transition to a green economy.
However, ensuring forest biomass can fulfil expectations and deliver an expanding source of sustainable and renewable energy is a delicate balance that requires attention on a range of issues. It’s within this context that the utilization of forest certification for providing assurances and promoting sustainable forest management is essential. Yet little is known about forest certification outside the traditional forest sector.
A proliferation of voluntary biomass standards have emerged in recent years. Moreover, the regulatory environment is evolving, and in some regions mandatory criteria have or will be established to address issues on renewable energy and sustainable biomass. How are these measures placed to protect forest resources while promoting the sustainability of biomass and bioenergy production? How does RED, REDD+, LULUCF and forest certification interact and impact the market? What’s the impact of the EUTR, requiring safeguards for legality of woody biomass which is brought for the first time into the EU market?
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