bioenergy graph 2

bioenergy graph 2

Figure 2 shows the amounts of feedstock available, and the amount, used from 2020 to 2050. In 2050 in the GNZ scenario, residual feedstock is used about 150% more than in 2020, with 57% of available residual feedstock being converted to bioenergyFootnote 13. In addition, use of energy crops and forestry for bioenergy increases by around 350% and 200%, respectively, in the GNZ scenario. Higher use of energy crops and forestry results in more land needed for producing bioenergy feedstocks. In the GNZ scenario, agricultural landFootnote 14 used for energy crops, as a percentage of total agricultural land, is expected to grow from 0.3% in 2020, to around 1.2% in 2050. In addition, the percentage of total wood supplyDefinition* directly used for energy increases from 4.3%Footnote 15 in 2020 to 8.7% in 2050 in the GNZ scenario. Imports of liquid biofuels (biodiesel, ethanol, renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel) also contribute to satisfy Canadian bioenergy end-use demand. Currently around 50% of the Canadian liquid biofuels are importedFootnote 16. CER-BSM results show that using domestic feedstocks biofuel import contribution can be reduced to 31% and 21% in GNZ and CNZ scenarios respectively by 2050.To satisfy bioenergy demand by 2050 in a net-zero future, greater use of residual feedstocks, and land for bioenergy feedstock production, are likely required. To see an animated version of this graph, click here.

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