Germany’s proposed biomass strategy poorly received by industry

Bioenergy Insight
February 13, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The German government’s national biomass strategy will identify pathways for 2030 and 2045, and focus on “how the sustainable production and use of biomass can serve as a building block for the necessary transformation of our economic system and, in the long term, for achieving climate protection and biodiversity targets as well as the energy transition”. The strategy is based on findings from various scientific institutions, which have shown that the country’s biomass potential is limited, but that demand will grow hugely in view of the climate targets. If the sector continues to operate as is, biomass demand for energy use would outstrip domestic supply by 70% in 2030. This would be 40% in 2045. The biomass strategy’s success is dependent on targets for wind and solar energy and a hydrogen drive to succeed, because biomass can only replace fossil fuels to a certain extent.

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