Could biomass import be sustainable ?

Evan DeLucia delucia at
Mon Dec 11 09:38:57 EST 1995

A.J.Balkema at (A.J.Balkema) wrote:
> I have a question. Imagine that an industrialized country
> would import biomass from a developing country. And that it
> would do this for reducing its CO2 emissions from power
> generation, hence for the sake of sustainble development.
> Would this be sustainable, and in which instances would it
> or wouldn't it ?
> I am very interested to hear your opinion on this,
> Frank van der Vleuten
> energy consultant

Interesting idea.  One problem though- Unless the biomass was stored
in a way that it did not decompose, and hence release its carbon
back to the atmosphere via respiration, this import would have no net
effect on atmospheric CO2.  

More information about the Ag-forst mailing list