Bad policy has thwarted the positive socio-economic and environmental effects biofuels production could have, according to a recently released report from Christian Aid. A drastic rethink, retooling and new vision is needed, they say.
The UNCCD wants to see soil enhancement and conservation efforts, such as those using biochar, to be included in the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism along with afforestation and reforestation projects.
Contrary to widely-held assumptions, growing global energy demand could be met sustainably and in a carbon neutral, possibly even carbon negative, way by afforesting land degraded and using lignocellulosic biomass to produce electrical power, liquid fuels and other chemicals. Doing so would have significant additional environmental and social, as well as economic, benefits, two German researchers assert.