Is Burning Wood as Biomass Sustainable?

by Bill Lewin
(Parksville)


On your page for biomass you wrote:

One of the main benefits of biomass is that it is renewable due to the fact that trees and crops can be regrown, making it a viable option that is environmentally friendly.

A good example of biomass is wood. When wood is burned in a fire pit or fireplace it then releases gases which produce heat, thereby heating the home. In an industrial setting these gases can be contained to make electricity.

The reality is that "Burning wood emits harmful toxins and fine particles in the air that can worsen breathing problems and lead to heart and lung disease and even early death."

Source: White House Categorically Rejects Biomass Fuels as Carbon Neutral

Answer by Laurent Cousineau

Keep in mind that I wrote "In an industrial setting these gases can be contained to make electricity." There are machines which collect these gases, use them for electricity and treat the harmful toxins/particles.

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