“So much nonsense has been told – high time for the real story”
Interview in Energy Post with bioenergy expert André Faaij. “An enormous amount of nonsense” has been told about bioenergy, says André Faaij, scientific director of Energy Academy Europe and professor Energy Systems Analysis at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
According to Faaij, it is high time for the real – scientifically validated – story. “The bio-based economy is indispensable for our climate policy and can mean huge progress for agriculture and nature in developing countries”. Interview with an energy and environmental expert who is indignant about the European debate on bio-energy.
Bio-energy has acquired a bad reputation in many European countries in recent years, as André Faaij knows all too well. “There is this idea that as a result of the production of palm oil and wood pellets forests are being cut down, food prices are going up and people are starving to death. That’s a totally one-sided picture. It is deadly for the development of a sector that is crucial for the economy and the climate.”