Can Biomass Really Reduce Global Warming?

Biomass i.e. the waste material of pet animals and left over vegetable is a renewable source of energy. Earlier it has been used as fertilizers in the farms. However, now it is also being used to generate electricity or heat. Biomass however, of late, has started to gain importance in UK and other counties around the globe. The term ‘biomass’ encompasses varied sorts of fuel. It consists of wood chippings, hemp, corn, garden waste, willow and a number of other materials.

With ever-increasing cost, other commonly used fuels such as oil and gas would become unaffordable on one hand and would soon drain out. This makes alternate source of energy such as biomass more and more popular.

Albeit the Biomass is a source of renewal energy, yet its usage can still contribute to the global warming at a state where the equilibrium of natural carbon is disrupted by cutting down trees and converting forests into concrete area. However, Biomass can help reducing the global warming to a greater extent because it offers following advantages…

  • Biomass can significantly decrease the usage of fossil fuels and reduce the addition of new CO2 the environment.
  • Since biomass absorbs CO2 in its growth, which is same as the released quantity when consumed as fuel, it does not add CO2 to atmosphere.
  • Same infrastructure, as the one used by fossil fuels, can be used by biomass to produce electricity
  • The cost of producing Biomass fuel is much cheaper than the cost of fossil fuels.
  • Biomass based power source cast lesser burden on the natural resources as compared the traditional source of energy coming from use of fossil fuel.
  • Global warming is control by reduction in emission of greenhouse gas.
  • Lastly, biomass can reduce dependence on other countries for fuels.

Global warming reduction requires sensible use of resources and biomass is based on sensible use of waste product.