Forest Biomass News

  • Morbark Hosts 10th Demo Days Event

    Morbark, LLC, welcomed about 250 customers, members of its authorized dealer network, and other guests from around the world for its 10th Demo Days event on October 13-14. Morbark’s Demo Days give attendees the opportunity to not only watch the equipment in action, but also meet the people who build and support the equipment as they see firsthand the manufacturing processes utilized. ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Future Bioeconomy Supported by More Than One Billion Tons of Biomass Potential

    Within 25 years, the United States could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits. The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the U.S. ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Maximising the yield of agricultural crop residues and biomass from forestry

    There is a huge potential for yield increase of agricultural crop residues and biomass from forestry in the European Union, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. In a study for the European Commission, Ecofys has investigated the realistic and technical-sustainable potential for these regions. The research team developed and assessed best practice strategies for residue yield increase with regard to their ...


    By Ecofys

  • USDA announces availability of BCAP funding for farmers, foresters and ranchers

    On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) had resumed incentives for farmers and foresters producing biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. BCAP has $3 ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Biomass Research And Development Initiative Provides Seven Projects With Up To $10 Million In Funding

    On May 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of up to $10 million in funding through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Use of residues from agriculture and forestry as energy source improves food security

    The sustainability of growing crops for use as energy sources has been disputed for many years. A potentially attractive alternative is to use waste and residues from agricultural and forestry. However, using waste and other residues may have an impact on land use, biodiversity and food security. The additional sources of income from the sale of waste and other residues could prompt an increase ...

  • Trees show that growing is not putting on weight!

    An international consortium led by scientists of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has shown that mechanisms involved in tree growth are in action at different times. First, the tree gets bigger due to the production and enlargement of woody cells; then the cell walls are reinforced, which increases the tree’s mass. These results, published in Nature Plants on ...

  • Doubt cast on partial logging’s climate mitigation role

    Partially logged forests may be emitting more carbon than was previously assumed, raising doubts about the ability of selective logging to reduce global warming. A study, published on 28 April in Environmental Research Letters, shows that ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biomass owners who supply these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance starting July 28, 2014. Of the total $25 ...

  • PEFC Strengthens Presence at European Union Level

    In recognition of the significant role that theEuropean Union (EU) is playing in advancing sustainable forest management, PEFC International has appointment Xavier Noyon as its Brussels-based EU Representative to contribute to and engage in processes impacting responsible forestry in the EU. Commenting on the ...


    By PEFC International

  • Fewer forests in our cars

    Ladies and gentlemen, It is my pleasure to welcome you to this Conference on the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation. Thank you for joining us and accepting to share your experience and perspective with us today. The topics we will address in these two days are challenging for all of us. Just a couple of months ago, I gave a keynote speech at the 2014 edition of the World Forests ...

  • Seaweed forests could help power tropical islands

    Harvesting seaweed ‘forests’ and feeding them into large underwater digesters could one day meet the world’s energy needs, with nine per cent of the ocean floor being enough to replace fossil fuels entirely, according to an ambitious idea. Even a more immediate and realistic use of seaweed — a major untapped resource ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Asia Pacific Bucks World Trend in Forest Cover

    While global forest cover is moving on a downward spiral with a loss of nearly 130 million hectares of forest worldwide, Asia Pacific's forest cover has grown by some 24 million hectares over 20 years. Seven million of Asia's forests have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, according a new UNEP report released today. "This region accounts for nearly half of global trend emissions," ...

  • Forest resources in the EU

    A new Forest Strategy responding to the new challenges facing forests and the forest sector has been published by the European Commission today, which underlines the importance of forest resources in the EU. The EU currently contains 5 % of the world's forests and EU forests have continuously expanded for over 60 years, although recently ...

  • European Environment Commissioner receives top UN environment award

    European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik has received the United Nations' 2013 Champions of the Earth award. The prize - which is the UN system's highest environmental accolade - is awarded to leaders from government, civil society and the private sector whose actions have had a significant and positive impact on the environment. Mr. Potočnik, 55, received the Policy ...

  • New tool to improve assessment of forest biomass and carbon stocks

    A new online platform launched by FAO will allow countries to improve the assessment of forest volumes, biomass and carbon stocks. This data is crucial for climate change research and mitigation activities, such as increasing the carbon stock in forests through reforestation, and bioenergy development. The new GlobAllomeTree, jointly developed by FAO, the ...

  • New Campaign Chops Down Growing Trend of Burning American Forests for Energy

    Southern forests are being burned for electricity, and a new campaign announced today aims to put an end to it. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Dogwood Alliance have launched “Our Forests Aren’t Fuel” to raise awareness of an alarming and rapidly-growing practice of logging forests and burning the trees as fuel to generate electricity At the forefront of burning ...

  • Sustainably managed forests can `save ten times the CO2`

    Sustainably managed forests can save at least ten times CO2 than unmanaged forests. WBA, AEBIOM, ABA appeal to policy makers to take scientific results into account when establishing harmonised EU sustainability criteria and future bioenergy policy. Professor Hubert Hasenauer from the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (silviculture institute) recently ...

  • GN Energy Solutions Acquires Forest Fuels

    GN Energy Solutions, a newly formed holding company focused on the UK and European energy sectors, today announced it has acquired an award-winning and market-leading wood fuel specialist, Forest Fuels. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Forest Fuels supplies premium-grade wood chip and pellet nationally from a network of 15 local depots, supported by a central office and customer ...


    By Forest Fuels Ltd

  • Quebec government unveils strategy to transform forest products industry

    The Government of Quebec has unveiled a new five-year strategy to transform the province's forest products industry. Quebec's Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Clément Gignac announced the policy shift at a press conference in Three Rivers today. "This strategy suggests avenues for structuring the forest industry sector a modern, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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