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Germans say skip bioenergy and focus on saving energy and energy efficiency

July 26, 2012 - In a statement on the chances and limits of using bioenergy, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has come to the conclusion that, in quantitative terms, bioenergy plays a minor role in the transition to renewable, sustainable energy sources in Germany at the present and, probably, in the future.


July 26, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

The academy argues bioenergy requires more surface area, is associated with higher greenhouse gas emissions and is more harmful to the environment than other renewable sources such as photovoltaic, solar thermal energy and wind energy. In addition, energy crops potentially compete with food crops.

Instead, the report recommends finding strategies for saving energy and increasing energy efficiency.