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Sustainable Development

Biomass: wishes and limitations

Biomass is an indispensable resource for a low-carbon economy.This tool is designed to inform a wide audience about the facts and uncertainties.

The most commonly used definition of Sustainable Development is: ‘Development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Essentially, it is about the quality of life and the possibilities to maintain or improve this quality in the future. Operationalising the concept in global policies resulted in Agenda 21 in 1992 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000. More recently the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted, the central element in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This ambitious agenda builds on agenda 21 and the MDGs and should serve as a reference point for international sustainable development until 2030.

Facts and Figures

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 2 out of every 3 people – more than 600 million people in total –...

The Sub-Saharan African electricity system is still in its infancy. The current production...

In the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSP2), middle-of-the-road, scenario, 500 million people...

In a circular economy, materials ideally retain their original quality. This enables us to...