Bioenergy is critical to slow global warming right away and to reach carbon neutrality by mid-century. That’s because bioenergy can reduce the most damaging climate pollutants known as Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs). Climate scientists agree that we have less than a decade left to avert catastrophic – and largely irreversible – climate change. The most effective tool we have – the last lever we have left – is to reduce SLCP emissions. And bioenergy can do that more effectively than other tools because it cuts methane and black carbon emissions – two of the most damaging SLCPs – from organic waste, including landfills and dairies, agricultural waste, and forest waste or other vegetation removed to reduce wildfire risks. Bioenergy can also provide carbon negative emissions needed to reach carbon neutrality by mid-century. And, according to the California Air Resources Board, it provides the most cost-effective of all carbon emissions.
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