A research has shown that the use of wood in order to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being released in the atmosphere is actually having the reverse effect.
According to this latest search wood and carbon cannot be separated from each other and burning wood releases even more carbon dioxide than coal. The author of the research has said that those who provide aid and cooperation for biomass should take a look at this matter immediately.
Energy produced from trees is largely seen as a renewable source by many countries including Britain, in Europe solar and wind energy are an important source green energy. Usually energy is produced from wood by burning and it is 65% renewable.
European Union is facing extreme pressure to reduce carbon emissions that is why it is encouraging the use of wood to produce electricity, however, this new study has revealed that there is a huge flaw in this policy to reduce carbon emissions.
The author of the study has said that current laws does not include the emissions from wood burning and it is thought that by planting new trees shortage of wood could be recovered.
Duncan Brown is the author of the study and he is an analyst of environmental policies, he has also worked as special adviser in the British climate change department. He has said that this theory is unreliable and there is no reason to believe it.
He also said: “It is true that in the last 20 to 100 years forests have grown and this means that a huge amount of carbon dioxide has been stored in them. You cannot deny the fact that if you cut them and burn them it will not affect the climate.”
Another huge issue is that according to the rules of United Nations carbon dioxide emissions from trees are only counted if the trees have been cut down.
Although United States, Canada and Russia do not use this method to produce electricity, if wood from these countries is brought in Europe then the carbon emission from burning them will not be counted.