Bioenergy and Sustainability: Bridging the gaps
SCOPE Report 72
Bioenergy, a renewable energy source, has the potential to move the planet into a more sustainable future. Today fossil fuels supply almost 82% of the world’s energy demand. The resulting green house gas emissions (GHG) impact Earth’s systems and human health and wellbeing.
Currently bioenergy contributes approximately 10% of the world’s primary energy supply. Bioethanol and biodiesel provide about 3% of the world’s transportation fuels, but biofuels could provide up to 30 % by 2050 with projected improvements in technology. Bioenergy - developed knowledgeably and implemented considering local and regional needs - can help:
- increase resilience in food supply both locally and globally decrease pollution
- preserve biodiversity
- improve human health
- rehabilitate degraded land
- mitigate climate change
- provide economic and business oportunities
Source: Report 72 (2015) of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)
Bioenergy & Sustainability: bridging the gaps / edited by Glaucia Mendes Souza, Reynaldo L. Victoria, Carlos A. Joly and Luciano M. Verdade.