The use of biomass for generating energy has expanded rapidly in recent decades, especially in emerging regions such as Asia and Africa, Its use has also increased significantly in Europe in recent years, although the current level of consumption is still low compared with other regions of the world. Nevertheless, forecasts for the 2020- 2025 period indicate major growth of consumption in Europe and America in comparison with Asia.
Since 2010, the use of biomass to generate electricity has undergone sustained growth, mainly driven by the development of solid biofuels and renewable waste material. In the next few years a growth rate of around 5% is forecast worldwide, reaching and installed capacity of 140 GW by2021.
Evolution and forecast consumption of biomass worldwide
Mtoe;1990, 2014, 2020, 2025
Source: IEA International Energy Agency “World Energy Outlook 2016”