How much biomass is out there?
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Knowing how much biomass is available for sustainable bioenergy production is the first step in determining sound policies and practices. EDF guided development of two landmark studies that will help document biomass supplies in Southeast and Northeast forests —and what may happen if too much wood is burned to create energy.
Biomass supply in Southeastern forests
EDF supported development of a computer model that shows how wood biomass could be used to meet renewable energy targets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia – states that are rich in biomass resources.
- Video: Learn to use the computer model »
- Report: Read an overview of the model results »
- Press Release: Computer Model Charts Environmental, Economic Impacts of Biomass
- Use The Model: Download and run »
Biomass supply in Northeastern forests
EDF supported a comprehensive assessment [PDF] of the amount of biomass that can be sustainably harvested from Northeastern forests. Our work with partners also examines the impact of different conversion technologies and end-use applications on greenhouse gas emissions and rural economics.
Sustainability standards: Dead wood plays a lively role
Reducing the dead wood in a forest may affect its ability to support wildlife, provide clean water, sequester carbon and regenerate diverse plants. A report by EDF and The Forest Guild [PDF] helps foresters and landowners design harvesting standards that recognize the key role of dead wood and decaying trees in forest ecosystems, with a focus on the Southeast United States.
Science sets our agenda
EDF was founded by scientists, and we base our work in facts and results.