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Evaluation groundwork of the biomass use in climate change scenarios

The following contribution is an overview article that presents the current international discussion state for the evaluation of biomass use in climate protection scenarios. The aim of the article is to show the bandwidth of the research approaches of the represented thesis.

Biomass currently accounts for the biggest share of renewable energies in Germany and worldwide. It also plays an important role in the climate protection targets. At the same time, the environmental and climate effects that are related to the growth of biomass use are discussed very critically. The most important issue in this discussion is the increased demand on agricultural lands. The following contribution makes emphasis on the evaluation of direct and indirect land use effects.

December 2011