Emission cuts from bioenergy use "substantial"

Bioenergy use in heat and power sector is most cost-effective option, European environment agency report shows

Europe could substantially cut its greenhouse gas emissions by using more locally-grown biomass to produce energy without harming the environment, according to a new report by the European environment agency (EEA) published last Wednesday.

EU-produced bioenergy could reduce emissions by up to eight per cent in 2020, compared to 1990 levels, and up to 13 per cent in 2030, the authors say.  Just under half the Europe's 20 per cent renewables target for 2020 could be met by bioenergy, they add.

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