FAQ – Climate Change

What is climate change?

The term climate change usually refers to man-made changes that have occurred since the early 1900s. Human activities, such as burning fossil fuels for energy, have led to an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This has enhanced the greenhouse effect and resulted increased warming of the Earth’s atmosphere.

What is the carbon cycle?

When trees and other biomass crops grow, they photosynthesise and absorb carbon dioxide from th the atmosphere, storing carbon in plant tissue and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. As the plant material is burnt or broken down by microorganisms, the carbon is released back into the atmosphere as Carbon dioxide. This process is called the carbon cycle.

How many tonnes of CO2 will the Biomass Project save?

Once operational, the Biomass Project will save approximately [6 million tonnes] tonnes of CO2 per annum.

Will the emissions from transporting the fuel cancel out the benefits of using wood waste to generate electricity?

No. The CO2 emissions avoided by the Biomass Project will far outweigh the emissions created by transporting the fuel to the project site. Further, the Biomass Project will generate electricity from the plantation waste that would otherwise be burnt onsite after the plantation is harvested.