FAO Report Addresses Forests and Energy

4 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has

released a report on the use of wood biomass as a source of energy. Following

an overview of projections for global energy supply and demand to 2030, the

report discusses wood energy efficiency and competitiveness, highlighting the

use of by-products of the wood processing industry. It also makes

recommendations on issues to address in planning policies and programmes that

support bioenergy development.

The report states that, with technological developments that

make the production of liquid biofuels from cellulosic material more efficient

and economical than their production from food crops, competition with food

production would decrease and energy efficiency and the overall energy balance

would improve. [Forests

and Energy: Key Issues. FAO Forestry Paper 154]