Can the United States sustainably produce a billion tons of biomass, in addition to food, feed and fiber production each year? A new report from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO), says that yes, by 2040, the United States could actually get to 1.5 billion tons of sustainable biomass production, replacing more than 30 percent of domestic petroleum use and spurring the additional use of biomass as feedstocks for chemicals and biobased products.
On June 12, BETO released the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, detailing the future resource availability of biomass; USDA data formed the basis for the report’s forecasts. The report is the third in the series, the first Billion-Ton study came out in 2005 and was updated in 2011. This new report, BT16 for short, updates information in the previous report and includes several new interest areas. To learn more about the report, attend EESI’s upcoming Briefing “Building a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy."