Biomass is relatively new as a fuel source to the renewable energy market, due to this there are still many arguments as to whether or not biomass is a clean energy due to the fact that there is still little evidence to prove either side of the argument strongly.
Biomass mainly has positive arguments about it due to the little negative impacts caused by it as well as the much greater outcome than fossil fuels. A common form of fuel is coal, the first problem with this fuel source is that we have a scarce resource which is being used quickest that we can replenish, the second problem is that coal releases sulphur when it is burnt which is the primary cause of acid rain.
A popular form of fuel used will small scale and domestic biomass systems is crops that are purposely grown and harvested for the pure purpose of being a fuel resource. It is argued that this form of fuel is not sustainable as the crops are being used up quicker than they can grown although in the long term, the supply of crops will not run out as they are continuously growing. The problem is the quantity of crops being grown and the rate at which the crops are being produced.
Alternatives to help the environment
- The best tip to reduce waste is not to produce it in the first place. Plan what you buy and buy what you plan. That way you’ll less waste and have more money in your pocket!
- When out food shopping, carefully plan your meals and only buy what you need. Portion control your meals so you only cook what you need.
- Buy a compost bin and make your own compost to enrich your garden and reduce the amount of garden and kitchen waste your throw away
- Use a rubbish collection specialist who can remove all of your waste and recycle what can be
What does recycling do?
Recycling stops tonnes of rubbish being buried in landfill. In the UK, recycling saves about 10-15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year, which is the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road.
Once your recycle material has been collected, it is a valuable resource (this includes recycling collected in the back of bin lorries) from your doorstep it’s taken away to be sorted, bailed and then transported to reprocesses to be made into new products