Climate change Conservation planning

WCS Canada Comments - Yukon Government's Promotion of Biomass Energy - January 2020

WCS Canada


Abstract

We urge the Yukon government to reconsider its previous support and promotion of biomass energy as a suitable replacement for fossil fuels in the response to the climate crisis. We explain why burning wood cannot be considered as either carbon neutral or even "low-carbon" in terms of its emissions. We point out that emissions from burning wood for space heating need to be included in the government's annual accounting of emissions, and not overlooked as carbon neutral. We also point out some of the negative health consequences already experienced in Yukon as a result of wood burning.

Recommended citation

WCS Canada (2020). WCS Canada Comments - Yukon Government's Promotion of Biomass Energy - January 2020. WCS Canada. https://global.wcs.org/Resources/Publications/Publications-Search-II/ctl/view/mid/13340/pubid/DMX3706700000.aspx

Donald Reid

Donald Reid

Emeritus Scientist

Hilary Cooke

Hilary Cooke

Co-Director, Northern Boreal Mountains Program

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