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Liquid, solid, or gaseous fuel produced by conversion of biomass. Examples include bioethanol from sugar cane or corn, charcoal or woodchips, and biogas from anaerobic decomposition of wastes.

Biomass fuel is any material derived from plants or animals which is deliberately burnt by humans. Wood is the most common example, but the use of animal dung and crop residues is also widespread.

Bruce, Nigel, Rogelio Perez-Padilla and Rachel Albalak (2000). Indoor air pollution in developing countries: a major environmental and public health challenge. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 78 (9), 1078-1092. Geneva, 2000. (p. 78).

Source Publication:
OECD Agricultural Outlook: 2002-2007, OECD, Paris, 2002 – Annex II. Glossary of Terms

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics

Created on Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Last updated on Thursday, March 28, 2013