Why Bioenergy is Important in Addressing Global Challenges Today

One means of addressing global economic, social, and environmental challenges lies in creating a thriving bioeconomy, a marketplace based on renewable biomass, bioenergy, and sustainable agricultural crops. Bioenergy encompasses all forms of renewable energy derived from biological sources, such as biomass (raw materials) from woody biomass, grasses, corn, soybeans, forest and agricultural residues. Bioenergy is important because non-renewable energy sources are limited and, as demand grows, continue to contribute significantly to changes in our climate. Biomass and biofuels can be used as a substitute for fossil fuels to generate heat, power and/or chemicals. The production of bioenergy and biobased products is also valuable to the nation’s ability to create new jobs and promote rural prosperity. This sort of bioeconomy reduces our dependence on non-renewable energy.


Did you know? Rural bioenergy is still the predominant form of energy used by people in the less developed countries, and bioenergy from biomass accounts for about 15% of the world’s primary energy consumption and about 38% of the primary energy consumption in developing countries. Furthermore, bioenergy often accounts for more than 90% of the total rural energy supplies in some developing countries. Industrial development in developing countries, coming at a time of low cost plentiful oil supplies, has resulted in greater reliance on the source of rural bioenergy than is true in the developed countries.

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