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Biomass demand in Europe expected to rise 44% by 2020

Renewable energy policy in Europe will generate an increase in lignocellulosic biomass demand of 44% between 2010 and 2020, according to European Biomass Review, a new study from RISI,  The increased use of biomass will be driven...


July 12, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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Renewable energy policy in Europe will generate an increase in lignocellulosic biomass demand of 44% between 2010 and 2020, according to European Biomass Review, a new study from RISI,  The increased use of biomass will be driven principally from the energy sector, but also from the industrial and residential sectors.

The key to the future development of European biomass markets resides in the region’s supply potential and how well it can mobilize new sources of supply, such as forest residues, agricultural residues and energy crops. Three scenarios for the mobilization of new supply sources by 2020 are included for each region in European Biomass Review.  A cost-curve analysis for each region and each scenario illustrates the implications for biomass pricing and imports.

While technologies such as wind, solar and geothermal are developing rapidly, lignocellulosic biomass is currently the largest renewable energy source (RES) and remains attractive due to its relative abundance and reliable supply. European Biomass Review highlights opportunities for global biomass exporters, as well as the need to develop infrastructure such as ports and terminals for supply chains, biomass futures and hedging instruments.

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