Biorefining can benefit both nature and agriculture

26.09.2012, Press releases

Denmark can with great advantage focus on sustainable use of biomass for energy and materials. This is one of the messages from the Commission of Nature and Agriculture, which has just published its halfway report.

In the briefing note 'Paths of development for Nature and Agriculture' the Commission writes:

"...the global resource crisis and the increasing prices on energy and food together with the need to limit climate change will increase the interest in the use of bioresources. An increasing demand for biomass for energy and materials must be expected. New advanced technology can open new doors for using the residues from agriculture much better. Liquid manure and straw can become important resources in stead of being considered as waste. And the new technologies can also create new possibilities for export of Danish know how and solutions."

"Denmark is a very obvious and concrete example of how one can develope new ways of production and producing food and biomass in a sustainable way with low environmental and climate effect and at the same time taking the responsability for the global environmental impact this production will have(...) It wil also create opportunities for export and new jobs within the agro industrial sector - e. g. in the industri of biogas, biorefining, enzymes, stable systems, agricultural machines and environmental technology. This requires a viable agricultural sector with a strong economy. A sector with focus on optimal use of resources, recycling and producing more with less."    

Read the briefing note here

Director in BioRefining Alliance, Anne Grete Holmsgaard, is pleased about this message from the commission:

- It is very positive that the Commission for Nature and Agriculture points at a new path of development within biorefining, she says.