Biofuels and biomass energy (bioenergy) produced by plants directly from the sun's energy can be used to produce some of our electricity and liquid fuels, and should be part of the solution to climate change pollution. The National Wildlife Federation is working to ensure that sustainable land use, carbon benefits, and environmental protections are in place so that the next generation of biofuels and biomass energy is done right.
Biofuels have the potential to provide a modest contribution to our mix of fuels for transportation, and some biofuels may have lower greenhouse gas emissions than fuels derived from petroleum. However, it is important that biofuels be produced under environmental and social safeguards.
The National Wildlife Federation is involved in initiatives to ensure that the next generation of biofuels and biomass energy can be used to help curb climate change, while produced in a sustainable manner. We're also helping establish a global standard for the voluntary certification of biofuels, called the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB). This standard will allow biofuels produced under appropriate safeguards to be recognized in the marketplace.
While burning wood is as old as civilization, new techniques for growing and utilizing biomass resources make it a viable renewable fuel option for many parts of the U.S. and the world.
For the National Wildlife Federation, the key to a proper role for biomass energy is ensuring sustainable land use and achieving real carbon benefits. We work with leading forest companies and landowner groups to identify the proper balance between forest-derived woody biomass fuel and sustainable forest management that protects core biodiversity and habitat values.
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