Biomass air pollution concerns begin in the field

Cultivating short rotation coppice willow to burn in biomass boilers and power plants could increase the UK’s risk of exceeding ground-level ozone limits, research finds.

Willow emits about 40 times more isoprene than traditionally cultivated arable crops such as wheat, according to the paper.1Isoprene is a naturally occurring precursor of ground-level ozone that contributes to summer smog (ENDS Report 410, pp 28-29).

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