Biomass has the capability to contribute strongly to meeting the European Union’s renewable targets for both heat and electricity in 2020. A significant majority of the biomass required can be produced within the EU. In order to realise this potential, the primary supply of solid biomass and biogas within the EU will have to increase substantially.
A report on the assessment of advanced biofuels from Wastes & residues, there is a pressing need to transform the way in which society uses energy. Europe could cut the carbon-intensity of transport fuels, reduce spending on oil imports and boost the rural economy by developing sustainable advanced biofuels from wastes and residues.
Given the steady growth in the demand for transportation fuels and declining oil production within their region, the APEC economies are concerned over energy supply security and are looking for alternative options. APEC members have identified biofuels as one option for diversifying sources of energy for transport.
Biofuels have been at the center of intense interest, discussion, and debate in recent years. The global biofuels boom began in 2004-2005. Asian governments announced ambitious plans to promote biofuels production for both domestic consumption and export. Within a few years, biofuels had been transformed from a niche energy source to a globally traded commodity attracting billions of dollars in investments.
This report addresses the opportunities for Biofuels in Australia. Biofuels have been promoted internationally as a growing trend worldwide. They can offer the potential for improved fuel security, lower greenhouse gas emissions and health benefits in cities and benefits to rural communities in Australia.
This report highlights the steady and rapid growth of the market that is driven by various factors related to the different market segments (industrial pellet for co firing, industrial pellet for CHP and district heating, pellet for residential heating) and a need for a more stable and secure supply of feedstock has emerged and, therefore, the interest of producers in the supply of alternative feedstock such as round‐wood and forest residues is growing.
New Zealand has the potential to fuel itself from renewable resources. This ability is due to a low population density and large areas of land suitable for agriculture and forestry. In order for New Zealand to be sustainable it must not only be carbon neutral, it must also be economically competitive and have economic growth.
This study examines the three major wood pellet markets in Asia: China, Japan, and South Korea. A consistent factor in these nations is that their governments are promoting renewable energy, leading to policies that are driving demand for wood pellets. As these countries strive to meet their renewable energy targets, their wood pellet consumption is projected to grow.
The supply of sustainable energy is one of the main challenges that mankind will face over the coming decades, particularly because of the need to address climate change. Biomass can make a substantial contribution to supplying future energy demand in a sustainable way. It is presently the largest global contributor of renewable energy, and has significant potential to expand in the production of heat, electricity, and fuels for transport.
This report examines potential biomass supply in the UK between 2010 and 2030, given current constraints and the potential to address some of these constraints. It examines the supply side issues only and does not consider constraints on the conversion and use of biomass. The analysis examined the situation to 2030, based on forward estimates of potential biomass supply and included three international development scenarios: business as usual; high investment; and low development.
The Agricultural Outlook is a collaborative effort of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The projections of production, consumption, stocks, trade and prices for the different agricultural products described and analysed in this report cover the years 2011 to 2020.
High international food prices have generated increased global interest in investment in agriculture. Australia, together with other countries, has experienced an apparent increase in investment in agriculture from other countries. While land in Australia is expensive relative to many developing countries, Australia offers foreign investors some advantages. For example, Australia’s infrastructure and agricultural input and output markets are well developed. In addition, skilled staff can generally be hired, and risks are low under Australia’s stable and transparent legal system and government.
This report brings a snapshot of the future for clean technology in the global markets. The future of cleantech is changing. Macro developments such as urbanization, rapid growth in developing countries, climate change, and depletion of resources continues to drive the need for investments in clean technologies. New clean industries are coming on board to drive the future growth for clean technologies.
UNEP’s Green Economy Report shows how investing US$1.3 trillion each year in green sectors would deliver long-term stability in the global economy. However, achieving such a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy will require the scaling-up of private-sector investment in clean technology applications around the world this report talks about how this can be achieved.
This publication provides information for anyone with an interest in Australia’s forests and forest industries. It contains up-to-date facts and figures about forest extent and management and shows—at a glance—the key features of Australia’s wood products industries, including their size, location, contribution to the economy and export markets.
This report attempts to outline the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that responsible investors should consider when looking at the forestry sector and, by association, the pulp and paper industry in East, South and Southeast Asia. In doing so, it addresses the current state of forests in Asia, assesses the products and industry sectors in the market, reviews the sustainability of forest product users and considers ways to finance sustainable forestry.
In this detailed report by New Forest they choose a five-year horizon for their outlook as it is meaningful for investment strategy, yet short enough to identify current opportunities. Many of the forest sector trends that they previously identified continue, and in this new report they also look at the trends in institutional timberland investment. They examine how forest sector and institutional investment trends will combine to define the evolution of the timberland asset class.
This report from BNZ highlights the technological advancements over the last decades in the production and con-version of wood into both heat and electrical power have removed many of the barriers to the expanded use of wood as a clean and renewable energy source. Renewed interest in wood energy is largely being driven by social, economic and environmental concerns which are finally being recognised and valued even within international initiatives and organisations.
The Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy developments worldwide. The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast. The Renewables Global Status Report relies on up-to date renewable energy data, provided by an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers, and authors.
The annual REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report provides evidence of the rapid development of renewables. In 2011, over $260 billion was invested in new renewable energy capacity, more than for fossil fuel and nuclear power combined. No one imagined then that 70% of new power capacity added in Europe would be renewable, which is what happened in 2012. The evolution of policies and markets for renewable energy has been absolutely remarkable over the past decade.
This report looks at the world Renewables in energy which is steadily becoming a greater part of the global energy mix, in particular in the power sector and in regions that have put in place measures to promote their deployment. Double-digit growth rates have been observed in the last decade for some renewable energy technologies and renewables are projected to continue to grow strongly over the Outlook period to 2035.