Is using wood for energy renewable? Is it sustainable? Does it destroy forests or make them better managed?
At Treesource, we are in the middle of a series of articles on wood energy. There are some strongly divergent perspectives on the carbon benefits or detriments of using wood for energy.
In my previous career, I was a forest ecologist and forester who developed and managed a program focused on using waste wood to heat schools, hospitals, colleges and more. So this is a debate with which I am familiar.
As with many debates, people often talk past one another because they have different assumptions about the fundamentals of the debate – sometimes out of lack of knowledge, sometimes with the purpose of misleading or diverting the discussion. [Read more…]