Submission on National Bioenergy Strategy

Although reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are the primary driver for bioenergy policies, the full life cycle emissions of forms of different bioenergy are not yet fully understood but are known to vary dramatically. Even where biofuels are grown on land already in cultivation, this can lead to the displacement of food crops and other land uses to natural habitats that are valuable carbon stores.
Liquid biofuels for transport derived from annual crops have a less favourable CO2 balance and a higher overall environmental impact than solid biomass for electricity and heat generation from woody forestry products.
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