The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) has launched a bioenergy factsheet series. The aim of the factsheet series is to provide information to a wide range of stakeholders on the various forms and aspects of biomass utilization for heat, power, and transportation.
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Bioenergy makes up 67.2 percent of all renewable energy across the world. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes that bioenergy represents the largest current contributor to renewable energy and is likely to remain that way for at least the first half of this century.
Bioenergy has a strong role in carbon removal and reduction of emissions, as well as in the development of bioenergy-based fuel alternatives for fossil fuels. Bioenergy can complement the food, fibre, and forestry product sectors.
We are delighted to launch our bioenergy factsheet series as a knowledge transfer and information resource for the promotion of the different bioenergy sectors, said Seán Finan, CEO of IrBEA.
While other renewable energies are easier for the public to comprehend (e.g. wind or solar), bioenergy is made up of a wide range of technologies and fuels and can be utilized to provide heat, electricity, and transport fuels, Seán Finan said.
Policy and investment support needed
According to IrBEA, bioenergy in Ireland requires investment, support, and the right policy measures to be in place, to ensure the continued sustainability of the sector – a topic that will be addressed at IrBEA’s upcoming 21st National Bioenergy Conference on October 11, 2022.
The factsheets and the ongoing work of IrBEA in each of the sectors covered are particularly relevant in the current crisis of high fossil energy prices, security of energy supply, and urgent need for decarbonization and climate action, said Paddy Phelan, IrBEA President.
The Irish bioenergy sector is unique in that it can provide an indigenous energy solution to all the current challenges. Bioenergy can produce continuous, storable, and dispatchable renewable energy delivered through local supply chains, offering employment opportunities and economic activity, Paddy Phelan said.
The titles in the IrBEA bioenergy factsheet series to date are:
- Bioenergy – An Overview
- Wood and Solid Biomass Fuels
- Energy Crops