A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



Bioenergy, biomass, biofuels, biomethane/RNG & BECCS



“...electricity and gas that is generated from organic matter, known as biomass. This can be anything from  plants and timber to agricultural and food waste – and even sewage.”


"...renewable organic material that comes from plants and animals"


"...sometimes used interchangeably with bioenergy, though more commonly it's used specifically to describe liquid bioenergy fuels such as biodiesel (a diesel substitute) and bioethanol (which can be used in petrol engines).”

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG):

“...also known as Sustainable Natural Gas (SNG) or biomethane, is a biogas which has been upgraded to a quality similar to fossil natural gas and having a methane concentration of 90% or greater.”

Bioenergy & Carbon Capture & Storage (BECCS):

“...involves the utilisation of biomass as an energy source and the capture and permanent storage of CO2 produced during the conversion of biomass to energy. There is no singular definition of ‘BECCS’ since it can include a variety of industries, biomass feedstocks and methods of energy conversion. The final use of the biomass also varies widely."

Contents of this page:                                        

     · Information                           

       · Institutions

         · Periodicals                        

           · Bioenergy & CCS ("BECCS")     

             · Renewable natural gas (RNG)

Note that while bioenergy is classified as a renewable form of  

   energy, there are many unresolved environmental challenges  

   related to how it is implemented in practice.

See also:

     · Carbon offsets & markets page

        · REDD+ at the Forests & climate change page

Energy institutions

Note that all institutions directly related to energy are on the Energy Institutions page.