Biomass and Biofuels

biomass

Biomass includes all plants and plant-derived material, and can be used as a sustainable feedstock for the production of transportation fuels, heat and power. Biomass includes everything from fire wood, food crops, grassy and woody plants, residues from agriculture or forestry, oil-rich algae, and the organic component of municipal and industrial wastes. Biomass can be used to make products like biodiesel or ethanol for transportation fuels, or methane gas to create electricity. Note that there is considerable controversy as to whether biofuels produced from food crops are environmentally sustainable and may lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

For More Information

For more information contact Meghan Shaw from the Cambridge Energy Alliance at 617/349-5323 or mshaw@cambridgema.gov.