Leopoldina issues a critical statement on the use of bioenergy

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Articles, Climate Impact, Featured Posts

"Bioenergy - chances and limits"German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina recently published a new statement “Bioenergy – chances and limits“. It concludes that in quantitative terms, bioenergy plays a minor role in the transition to renewable, sustainable energy sources in Germany at the present time and probably in the future.

Bioenergy requires more surface area, is associated with higher greenhouse gas emissions and is more harmful to the environment than other renewable sources such as photovoltaic, solar thermal energy and wind energy.

The Leopoldina’s statement “Bioenergy – Chances and Limits” provides a comprehensive analysis of the use of bioenergy.  It was compiled by a working group of more than 20 expert scientists established in 2010 and outlines under which conditions the utilization of bioenergy is appropriate.

Please find more information under the link below:

The statement in the media (German language only):

The Leopoldina bioenergy working group is coordinated by:

  • Prof. Bärbel Friedrich, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Department of Biology
  • Prof. Bernhard Schink, University of Constance, Professor of Limnology and Microbial Ecology
  • Prof. Rudolf K. Thauer, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg
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