SER Advice: Biomass in balance

SER Advice: Biomass in balance

Construction, conversion and dismantling are the key words of the SER advice ‘Biomass in balance. A sustainability framework for the use of bio-raw materials’.

Build-up of high-quality

The future of bio-raw materials lies in its high-quality use as a raw material for chemistry and materials. This comes from crops, algae, trees and plants and animal products. The techniques for this are in their infancy. Building requires a clear, long-term and consistent government policy that affects business and science.

Bridge conversion

No sustainable alternative is available for a number of energetic applications. Biosoils can be a bridging solution there. A careful, quick conversion is essential. Biofuel, for example, is needed for the time being in heavy transport and air and shipping. Electric trucks and synthetic kerosene made from renewable energy and CO2 are not yet there. The opinion ‘Biomass in balance’ stresses that the pace of this conversion must increase.

Reduction of low-grade

The opinion also indicates that the use of bio-raw materials for heat for buildings should be phased out. It is important that the Government makes initiatives for sustainable alternatives, such as geothermal energy, aquathermia and heat pumps available as soon as possible. Climate goals are otherwise in the pinch. If the reduction of subsidies is faster than companies have anticipated, the government should compensate employers.

Directorial role for cabinet

The worldwide availability of sustainable bio-raw materials is limited. The Netherlands should not be disproportionately disproportionately disproportionately disproportionate. The advice helps the cabinet to make necessary choices. It is now up to the cabinet to determine the strategy for its application in the Netherlands, to lay down the frameworks and to take control.

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