Is biomass climate neutral and sustainable? © Siemens Stiftung 2017 CC BY-SA 4.0 international

Is biomass climate neutral and sustainable?


Information sheet:
Upon closer observation, the cultivation of most energy crops is neither sustainable nor climate or environmentally neutral.

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Limiting factors for biomass as an energy source are mentioned. A table compares the most important energy crops in process or use, product, nitrogen requirement, and use of herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides during cultivation. Many examples of energy crop cultivation in various countries show the advantages and disadvantages.

Information and ideas:
The “Where do greenhouse gases come from?” information sheet, available on the media portal, can be used as an informative supplement.
The students could also work out the advantages and disadvantages of biogas (from corn) as an inquiry task.
There are no other media directly related to this file.
Information sheet
Biology; Chemistry; Geography; Physics
Grade 7 to 9; Grade 10 to 13
Middle/high school; Vocational training
Clear-cutting; Climate change; Rainforest; Raw material; Renewable energy; Water pollution
Siemens Stiftung Media Portal
Dr. Michael Huber using material from User:MarkusHagenlocher - own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, (Chinese silver grass, License: CC BY-SA 3.0); Acrocynus | Acrocynus | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL (Hemp, License: CC BY-SA 3.0 migrated); Lignovis GmbH - own work, CC-BY-SA 4.0, (Willows and poplars, License: CC BY-SA 4.0)
© Siemens Stiftung 2017
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