International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics > Vol 4 > Issue 3–4

Biomass Sequestration, Energy, and Global Change

Roger A. Sedjo, Resources for the Future, USA,
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Roger A. Sedjo (2011), "Biomass Sequestration, Energy, and Global Change", International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics: Vol. 4: No. 3–4, pp 355-386.

Published: 15 Apr 2011
© 2011 R. A. Sedjo
Environmental Economics
BiomassCarbon dioxideSequestrationRenewable energyBioenergyBiofuelsEnergyGlobal changeForestsWoodEthanolAlternative energy

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In this article:
1 Introduction
2 Carbon Sequestration
3 Biomass for Energy
4 Summary and Conclusions


Biomass offers an alternative renewable energy source to fossil fuels and can be used to produce energy directly or through the production of liquid biofuels, e.g., ethanol, as a substitute for liquid transport fuels. Biomass also offers a vehicle to sequester carbon dioxide, thereby reducing atmospheric carbon, which contributes to global warming. However, in some cases, e.g., forests, there is a tension between biomass energy and biomass sequestration of carbon. This paper focuses on both energy and carbon sequestration issues with a view to a better understanding of the potential role of biomass in energy and climate.