Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan believes that biomass energy can replace nuclear energy in the long term.
“Thanks to bioenergy Sweden already has ample capacity to meet the 2020 emission targets. But the interesting thing is that the growth potential is still very big. Our forests’ net growth capacity is 25 million cubic metres per year. Sweden has 80% more wood pulp in its forests compared with 100 years ago,” says Baylan.
The challenge is now for the minister to persuade sceptical European colleagues and environmental organisations that biomass is a viable alternative.