Biomass will benefit developing countries
Sustainably produced biomass could bring benefits for both developing countries and the environment. That is the conclusion of a report on sustainable biomass which was presented to environment minister Jacqueline Cramer and development minister Bert Koenders last Friday.
In this report, the sustainable biomass project group drafted criteria for ensuring the sustainability of the biomass production chain. The production of biomass (wood, sugar cane and palm oil) may not affect nature, the environment or food supplies. Koenders wants to integrate the project group’s conclusions into his policies. He also wants to launch a dialogue with developing countries on the production of biomass. These countries could use biomass for their own energy supplies. By exporting it, they will earn money and create jobs.