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Scientist: Michael Norton

Michael NortonDr Michael Norton is Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Shinshu University and Tohoku University. He joined EASAC as Environment Programme Director in 2013.

Biomass cogeneration plant

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Prof Michael Norton on burning wood as renewable energy

Interview with Professor Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director at the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Shinshu University and Tohoku University. According to a Joint Research Centre (JRC) publication, the global production of wood pellets reached 29 million tonnes in 2016, of which more than 50% was produced ...

Oak tree trunks lying in front of a heap of biomass ready for use

Is burning wood really a form of renewable energy?

Over the last few decades, we have been presented with various possibilities for producing cleaner forms of energy. Recently, the climate change crisis has forced national governments, international institutions and organisations to develop programmes to reduce our pollution of the environment. The main question that has arisen is: How can we respond to the increasing ...