Biomass could hold a very large source of untapped cheap energy potential for Europe, a new report suggests.
According to the Biomass for Heat and Power report, compiled by the European Climate Foundation, biomass is a renewable source of energy that can provide heat without emitting a high level of greenhouse gases.
The report outlines details of what needs to be done in order to allow biomass to deliver as much energy to Europe as diesel does today by 2020.
Jules Kortenhorst, chief executive of the foundation, pointed out that biomass can play a significant role in the transition to a low carbon economy in Europe.
"With the right regulatory structure, business leadership and proper regard for land use change, biomass could realise its true growth potential," he said.
Mr Kortenhorst went on to state that the present growth rate of renewable energy is just one-third of what will be needed to meet current carbon reduction targets.
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