People have used biofuel to produce energy and heat for eons. Today, fossil fuels like coal and natural gas have replaced biofuel energy as a primary fuel source, making North America the highest fossil fuel, carbon dioxide-emitting region of the world.
Bioenergy technologies use renewable biomass resources to produce an array of energy related products including electricity, liquid, solid, and gaseous fuels, heat, chemicals, and other materials. According to the US Department of Energy, bioenergy ranks second (to hydropower) in renewable U.S. primary energy production and accounts for three percent of the primary energy production in the United States.
The term "biomass" means any plant derived organic matter available on a renewable basis. Forest residuals, such as limbs, tops, and other non merchantable logs that are often left to decay in the forest, are sources of biomass that can be converted to biofuels/bioenergy. Converting forest biomass to bioenergy can be a substitute for fossil fuels in the production of wood based building materials. The substitution of bioenergy for fossil fuels is very important when comparing the net carbon output of forest products and non-forest products.
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Modern forest management policies make a difference. They cut greenhouse gases, create more oxygen and…
- Restore unhealthy forests.
- Regenerate habitat.
- Create climate-friendly products.
- Provide a bio-energy alternative.