19 January 2012

EU bioenergy targets reduce carbon storage potential of forests

Research led by IIASA’s Hannes Böttcher finds that the carbon storage potential of EU forests will decline by 65 – 125 Mt of CO2 (or 25-40%) by 2030 compared to 2010.

Wood © H. Bottcher | IIASA


This decline is attributed to various factors including the increased demand for wood to produce bioenergy, which is promoted as an emission reduction measure. The findings are published in the latest issue of Global Change Biology-Bioenergy.

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