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Forests & Energy Links

  1. Some of the websites providing factual information on Forests & Energy:

    • 1. International organizations addressing Forests & Energy issues
    • 2. Policy-related websites on Forest & Energy issues
    • 3. Other links addressing Forest & Energy issues
 
1. International organizations addressing Forests & Energy issues
  • The forestry homepage of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides information on forestry and related issues at global, regional and national levels:
    www.fao.org/forestry/home/en/ . Several reports dealing with bioenergy are also available for download on the FAO Corporate Document Repository:
    www.fao.org/docrep/008/j5135e/j5135e00.htm 
  • IEA Bioenergy is an organisation set up by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national bioenergy programmes. More information at: www.ieabioenergy.com/IEABioenergy.aspx 
  • The European Environmental Agency (EEA) highlights that bioenergy can play an important role in combating climate change, but also insists on the fact that increasing production and use of first-generation agrofuels can lead to adverse effects on biodiversity, water and soil. More information at:
    www.eea.europa.eu/themes/energy/bioenergy-and-biofuels-the-big-picture 
  • The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) works to address environmental consequences of energy production and use, and assists decision-makers to make better, more informed energy choices which fully integrate environmental and social costs:
    www.unep.org/themes/energy/ 
  • The European Biomass Association is a non profit international organisation whose mission is to represent bioenergy at EU level. It presents clear explanations on the various bioenergy routes at:
    www.aebiom.org/ 
  • The Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) is the umbrella association of national forest owner organizations in the European Union. CEPF's homepage offers numerous very interesting articles on forest and energy, please see:
    www.cepf-eu.org/policy.cfm?ID_kanal=42 
2. Policy-related websites on Forest & Energy issues
  • As part of the European Union’s drive to promote the use of renewable energy, a ‘Biomass Action Plan’ has been developed by the European Commission which is designed to increase the amount of energy derived from biomass production More information at:
    http://europa.eu/scadplus/leg/en/lvb/l27014.htm 
  • The European Commission promotes the use of biofuels in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental impact of transport, and to increase security of supply. More information at: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/renewables/biofuels/biofuels_en.htm 
3. Other links addressing Forest & Energy issues
  • The Canadian Forest Service provides information on bioenergy from the forest on the following webpage: http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/forest-bioproducts/bioenergy 
  • Forest.fi is a gateway to the Finnish forest sector. It offers some interesting information on forest-based energy at: www.forest.fi/smyforest/foresteng.nsf/ 
  • The Forestry Commission Scotland provides basic information on its website Wood Energy Scotland for the use of woodfuel, from heating homes to developing a large-scale energy plant. There is a broad overview of the key features of woodfuel, and also on energy from forests:
    www.usewoodfuel.co.uk/Energyfromforests.stm 
  • The Forest Encyclopedia Network consists of a growing number of U.S. encyclopedias covering different fields of forest science. To better understand bioenergy resources visit:
    www.forestencyclopedia.net/p/p2/p1140 
  • The Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Government provides statistical data on energy sources, including renewable and alternative fuels such as biomass:
    www.eia.doe.gov/ 

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