Sandbag, in a report published Tuesday, warned that Europe could see the amount of biomass burned in former coal plants triple if current conversion plans are realised, with an increase of 607 petajoules (PJ) a year.
The assessment of plans by energy firms for coal-to-biomass conversions calculates the expansion would require 36 million tonnes (MT) of wood pellets, similar to the current global production, with 2,700km2 of forest cut down every year.
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