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Biomass for energy, industrial raw materials and GHG mitigation: How to ensure sustainability? (public)
Convener: Viktor Bruckman 
Thu, 21 Apr, 12:15–13:15  / Room 2.96
The outcomes of the COP 21 negotiations in Paris have undoubtedly raised the importance of renewable sources of Energy and industrial raw materials. Biomass is seen as a very promising alternative, with distinct differences to other renewables, such as solar and wind power. It can be easily stored and the material itself may be used for several purposes, not only for energy. However, as biomass production requires land use while land use change is the consequence of increased production, it has consequences on the GHG budget. A successful implementation considers the context with other renewables, regional supply and demand structures, as well as a sustainable management of soils, the basis of biomass production.
The meeting aims at bringing together experts from various divisions of EGU, to discuss issues of integration, systems approaches and sustainability in biomass production with a focus on the GHG budget. Short presentations (5 minutes each) will be held in the first part of the meeting. These will be elaborated in a moderated round table discussion in the second part of the meeting. The meeting is open to all participants and we highly encourage participation across divisions. This meeting is co-organized with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Task Force “Sustainable Forest Biomass Network, SFBN”.