Carbon, GHG and energy studies

A selection of papers and reports on topics related to carbon and greenhouse gas impacts of biomass energy and energy balances

Carbon and energy balances for a range of biofuels options

M.A. Elsayed, R. Matthews and N.D. Mortimer, Sheffield Hallam University

The report on a project to produce a set of baseline energy and carbon balances for a range of electricity, heat and transport fuel production systems based on biomass feedstocks (PDF - 1.3 MB)

Carbon and energy modelling of biomass systems: conversion plant and data updates

An evaluation of carbon and energy budgets of the production and use of biomass as fuel (PDF - 395 kB)

Comparison of energy systems using life cycle assessment

A special report for the World Energy Council July 2004 (PDF - 345 kB)

Forests, carbon and climate change: the UK contribution

An excellent Information note from Forest Research on the role of UK forests in the global carbon cycle and mitigating climate change  (June 2003) (PDF - 1.6 MB)

Combating climate change - A role for UK forests

Page on the Forestry Commission website giving information about ordering a copy of the the report from TSO

Combating climate change - A role for UK forests

Synthesis report, available from the Forestry Commission website (2009), on the role of UK forests in combating climate change (PDF - 2.8 MB)

Combating climate change - A role for UK forests

The full report, obtainable from TSO as download (PDF - 10.0 MB). It can also be purchased as hard copy for £30.00

IEA Answers to ten frequently asked questions about bioenergy, carbon sinks and their role in global climate change

A report from IEA Bioenergy Task 38 addressing and answering ten frequently asked questions about the role of bioenergy in the carbon cycle and combating climate change (PDF - 365 kB)

Including UK and international forestry in Biomass Environmental Assessment Tool (BEAT2)

A report from the Environment Agency (PDF - 1.7 MB)

Biomass: Carbon Sink or Carbon Sinner Summary Report

This report summarises the results of research carried out by AEA for the Environment Agency on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from producing and using biomass to generate electricity and heat compared with using coal and gas (PDF - 62 kB)

Minimising greenhouse gas emissions from biomass energy generation

This report presents the results of analysis performed by AEA for the Environment Agency, assessing the greenhouse gas (GHG) savings that biomass feedstocks which could be used in heat and power schemes in the UK offer compared to fossil fuels  (PDF - 1.35 MB)

Understanding the carbon and greenhouse gas balance of forests in Britain

A research report from Forest Research addressing in detail the carbon stocks and fluxes within Britain's forests, their components and how these change with time. (PDF - 7.4 MB)

What woodfuels can do to mitigate climate change

Full Technical Report from the FAO