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The advantages and disadvantages of using biomass

There is plenty of talk about different renewable energy sources as the world looks to move away from fossil fuels. The growing impact of climate change as the direct consequence of fossil fuel burning is making the world consider other, more environmentally friendly energy sources. Biomass is one of the most talked about renewable energy sources and is getting a lot of attention in many countries, developed as well as the developing ones.

The advantages of using biomass:

-Biomass is a renewable source of energy meaning it cannot be depleted like this is the case with fossil fuels. Plants that are used for biomass production can be re-grown time and time again on the same piece of land.

 -Fossil fuels are not only doing serious damage to our environment, they also have negative economic and social impact regarding our energy independence and our energy security. For instance, our dependence on oil is forcing us to an expensive foreign fuel import. If we were to use more biomass this would improve our energy security and energy independence, together with many environmental benefits that go along.

-Biomass can be also produced from different types of waste. The waste disposal is becoming major issue in many countries of the world and turning this waste to useful source of energy would lead to major social and economic benefits.

 -The sustainable biomass production can have positive impact on climate change and reduce the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

 - Biomass technologies are used everywhere, they are proven technologies, and are able to provide different jobs within the industry. Sectors as biofuel boiler manufacturer are rapidly growing offering many business opportunities.

 -Biomass can be used in all countries of the world.

 The disadvantages of using biomass:

 -The unsustainable biomass production can lead to destruction of our forests if we were to burn wood as the main source of biomass. This means that world must focus on wood waste instead of wood, and that countries require very strict regulation to avoid deforestation and even more greenhouse gas emissions.

 -Another potential issue is food vs. fuel debate. If we were to used more land for biomass production this could potentially lead to even more hunger in the world and as we know there are millions of hungry people already in the world. The last thing the world needs right know is increase in food prices because of fuel production.

 -Biomass technologies, though numerous and relatively proven, still need to improve their efficiency and decrease total costs connected with these technologies.

 -If we go for more biomass we have to make sure not to burn the plants (wood) directly because this could lead to even more greenhouse gas emissions. The scientific and sustainable approach in biomass production is key to avoid further damage to our environment.

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