High Carbon Content Environments

In order for bioenergy to contribute to climate change mitigation efforts, the particular applications and end-uses must demonstrate a favorable carbon balance compared to the fossil fuels that they are replacing. GHG balances must be established looking at the entire life-cycle, from seed and soil to end use, and hence include the impacts from land conversion. In this section, a brief overview is given of the definitions and principles related to managing land resources and the carbon that is sequestered in plants, soils and root systems that could be affected by land conversion.

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