250 TWh bioenergy by 2045 – Svebio publishes its "Roadmap Bioenergy"
Supplying 148 TWh in 2018, bioenergy is already Sweden’s largest energy source accounting for almost 38 percent of Sweden’s final energy use. To become fossil-free and climate-neutral by 2045, as described by Fossil Free Sweden's 21 business sector roadmaps, the country will have to increase its biomass supply with another 100 TWh or more. According to the Swedish Bioenergy Association's (Svebio) "Roadmap Bioenergy", this is entirely possible.
Originally presented on January 16, 2020, Svebio’s “Roadmap Bioenergy – meeting the demand for bioenergy in a fossil-free Sweden” has now been published in English.
Amongst other things, the report outlines that the potentials for increased biomass production for energy are significant, both in forestry and in agriculture along with limited increased supply from waste and certain marginal resources.
In forestry, the largest potential is found in utilising unused logging residues (slash) from harvesting operations, and from stumps.
In agriculture, both residues and energy crops can contribute to much more biomass for energy than is currently used. In addition, Sweden has large areas of poorly utilized farmland.
Through the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU has paid European farmers not to produce food to decrease surplus production for more than 30 years. It must be better to use the land and pay them to produce renewable biofuels instead, commented Gustav Melin, CEO of Svebio.