While it’s a hot topic in conversations around renewable energy, and known to be one of the world’s oldest sources of energy, there are some clear advantages and disadvantages of bioenergy.
Here we explore some of the pros and cons.
On the plus side, bioenergy:
- emits little or no net greenhouse gas emissions;
- is a useful way of managing waste disposal for matter that would otherwise be debris;
- has well-established technology that’s able to deliver reliable energy;
- can be stored with minimal energy loss;
- is plentiful wherever there are agricultural crops and forestry;
- can help to stabilise soils, improve soil fertility and reduce erosion;1 and
- and can generate both heat and electricity in a cogeneration power plant.