bioenergy

noun
bio·​en·​er·​gy | \ ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˈe-nər-jē How to pronounce bioenergy (audio) \

Definition of bioenergy

: energy for industrial or commercial use that is derived from biological sources (such as plant matter or animal waste) We also are pursuing many energy supply technologies with comparatively low or zero CO2 emissions profiles, such as solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy, and combined heat and power.— Spencer Abraham

Examples of bioenergy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, if society emphasizes bioenergy as a way to combat climate change, the model can show the potential impacts of that decision on biodiversity and food security, Watson says. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Billions face food, water shortages over next 30 years as nature fails," 10 Oct. 2019 Brazil has Rubens Ometto, the man behind the world’s biggest bioenergy firm and its first ethanol billionaire. The Economist, "Climate capitalists have serious money in climate-friendly investments," 19 Sep. 2019 For instance, the widespread use of strategies such as bioenergy — like growing corn to produce ethanol — could lead to the creation of new deserts or other land degradation, the authors said. Christopher Flavelle, BostonGlobe.com, "Climate change threatens the world’s food supply, United Nations warns," 8 Aug. 2019 For instance, the widespread use of strategies such as bioenergy — like growing corn to produce ethanol — could lead to the creation of new deserts or other land degradation, the authors said. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, "Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Increasing our bioenergy capacity creates an opportunity to mitigate against fire dangers, while making greater progress toward our global climate-change goals. WSJ, "Wood Is a Natural 24-Hour Renewable Fuel," 27 June 2019 Still, the report notes that a future without the widespread use of bioenergy will require additional climate action to make up for it. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "To Halt Warming and Ensure Food Supplies, Land-Use Practices Must Change," 8 Aug. 2019 In the effort to keep the planet from reaching dangerous temperatures, a hybrid approach called BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) has a seductive appeal. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Bioenergy plantations could fight climate change—but threaten food crops, U.N. panel warns," 8 Aug. 2019 The world would have to convert 7.2 million square kilometers, 45% of the Earth's cropland, into bioenergy crops to keep global temperatures at 1.5°C, according to the most energy-intensive scenario outlined in the 2018 IPCC report. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, "Change food production and stop abusing land, major climate report warns," 8 Aug. 2019

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioenergy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioenergy. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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