chapter  3
13 Pages

Impact of short-rotation coppice on water and land resources

ByJens Hartwich, Jens Bölscher, Achim Schulte

In 2007 the European Council mandated that the proportion of renewable energy in electricity production should increase to 20% in the European Union by 2020 to reduce CO2 emissions and lessen the effects of climate change. In Germany, after an intense public debate, the targeted percentage has been established at a minimum of 35%, out of which 8% should be met by bioenergy (and 27% from other renewable energy sources) (BMELV & BMU, 2010; BMU, 2012). Already, 92% of the heat production in Germany that is generated from renewable energy is gained from biomass, most of which is wood (BMU, 2012).