Climate change and forest carbon

Satchell, Dean
May 2007
New Zealand Tree Grower;May2007, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p28
The article presents wood energy as a viable alternative in New Zealand's search for a renewable energy supply. Compared to the Kyoto-mandated forest sinks that will not considerably reduce carbon emissions, bioenergy from wood can help reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, demand and supply issues notwithstanding. Positive developments include the commercial production of BioOil by Dynamotive Corp., the biodiesel production process designed by Choren and BP in Germany and the process being tested by Genesis to transform hardwood biomass into ethanol. With the biogas research being undertaken at the University of Canterbury and the Royal Society of New Zealand's endorsement, the country should maximize its forestry expertise to meet its own biofuel needs.


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