When people start using more bioenergy, communities get more local jobs which leads to the development of a more sustainable economy. More money stays local instead of moving to foreign countries, which means more economic security and control.
There is less air pollution, which means that populations become healthier. Finally, increased supply of energy means lower costs, which, in turn, leads to lower energy prices and wider availability.
The term bioenergy describes the energy that comes from biological sources, typically from biomass products such as corn. Corn ethanol is an example of such a product.
To this day, bioenergy is one of the main sources of energy in many parts of the world. About 33% of the population of the planet burns wood to get energy on a daily basis. In developed countries, bioenergy plays a critical role in producing energy that heats homes and office buildings.
In the recent years, the bioenergy industry has been growing faster than other industries because of its versatility and universal availability of sources for bioenergy. Many of the products that go into the creation of bioenergy would otherwise go to waste. Examples of such products are waste from the forest industry that becomes wood pallets and cow manure that, if not used for the production of bioenergy, would be a source of methane gas.
Common sources of biomass that become bioenergy include grass, trees, crops, marine plants and used paper materials. Because scientists keep developing new technologies, it is very likely that in the near future, bioenergy will have even more sources and provide people with even more opportunities.
Historically, biomass has been a major source of energy for cooking and heating, but these uses barely tap into the potential of bioenergy. Today there are machines that can burn everyday garbage and waste such as worn tires and plastics and turn it into bioenergy.