Where does bioenergy fit into a low-carbon future? - cleantech perspectives @ Clixoo
Where does bioenergy fit into a low-carbon future?
This study evaluates the commercial potential of bioenergy and impacts of a large-scale bioenergy ramp-up, using a framework in which economics is linked to land, climate, and ecosystems models.
Perspectives and insights
- If emissions from deforestation are included in a carbon price, bioenergy can reduce emissions 57 percent by 2050, relative to when there is not a carbon price. Interestingly, not counting emissions from changing land use in the carbon price leads to a reduction of only 16 percent, owing to deforestation that can occur for bio-energy production under this scenario.
- Lignocellulosic ethanol has the potential to become the dominant type of bioenergy by 2050.
- If lignocellulosic fuels do become the norm, Africa and Brazil become the largest producers of bioenergy.
- Deforestation was likely to occur in areas with the weakest political constraints to clearing forests, regardless of where biofuels are actually grown.