On the Timing of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Benefits of Forest-Based Bioenergy

Jul 2013

This statement addresses a much debated issue – the timing of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration when biomass from existing managed forests is used for energy to displace fossil fuels. The purpose of the statement, which is aimed at policy advisors and policy makers, is to explain the essence of the debate and propose a perspective that considers the broader context of forest management and the role of bioenergy in climate change mitigation.