Biomass is organic material that can be converted into useable energy. Bioenergy is green. The use of bioenergy from sustainable biomass resources can help create a green image for individuals, companies, municipalities and governments. Power produced from bioenergy sourcescan be certified as “green power” and sold at a premium in the market.
Biomass energy is clean energy – it operates in a closed carbon cycle and is carbon neutral.
Bioenergy is greenhouse gas neutral. When fossil fuels are converted into energy, they emit greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide. Biomass also emits carbon dioxide when it decays naturally and when it is used to produce energy. The difference is that living biomass in plants and trees absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Thus there is a closed cycle with no net emission of greenhouse gases. By substituting bioenergy for fossil-based energy, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced.
About 6% of Canada’s energy needs are net by renewable bioenergy, and the level of use could be much higher. The benefits of using bioenegy are multiple and substantial.