o many, the burning of wood and other organic material to produce energy seems more a practice from a bygone era than a modern solution to humankind’s power needs, says Gerhard Dieterle,
leader of the World Bank’s Forestry Team.
Yet across the world billions of people still burn woody biomass for household, commercial, and industrial purposes. As the global population grows and access to fossil fuels declines this burning will likely increase, Dieterle told a Yale audience last month.
“This is not a technology of yesterday. It is also a technology of the future,” said Dieterle, who was part of an expert panel discussion on biomass hosted by The Forests Dialogue
(TFD), an F&ES-based program that provides a platform for stakeholders from around the world to discuss solutions to forestry challenges
The panel discussion on biomass was a centerpiece of The Forests Dialogue’s annual TFD Week, during which senior international leaders from the public and private sectors address a variety of forestry-related issues. Sustainable biomass, in particular, has been identified by TFD’s steering committee as an issue requiring more discussion across stakeholder groups.