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The damaging impact of biomass power generation on our climate


A rapid and far reaching transition is needed if we are to meet the required 45 per cent fall in global emissions from 2010 levels by 2030, and for us to shift to a “net-zero” carbon society by 2050.

This short paper is designed to increase understanding of the complex issue of biomass that is derived from wood and used in the energy sector, amongst institutional investors and banks.

Biomass urgently deserves greater attention because the climate impacts can be more significant than for coal: financing of new biomass infrastructure would lock in future carbon emissions, which must be avoided.