Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 72, January 2015, Pages 117-122,
Vineet V. Chandra, Sarah L. Hemstock,
Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Terrestrial above ground biomass production and utilization was analyzed for Fiji for the years 2003–2012. The total production of biomass was estimated to be 72.67 PJ of which 24% is from food, 44% of agricultural residues, 10% dung and 22% from forestry. Of the 72.67 PJ biomass produced only 11% was used as fuel, 12% as industrial wood and 24% as food. The unutilized biomass resulted into a loss of 38.5 PJ of energy (44 GJ per capita or 2.56 Mt of wood equivalent) which is 53% of the total biomass theoretically produced. Scrutiny of the availability and use of biomass resources is important if biomass energy is to be used on a sustainable basis. Lack of detailed literature in this area in Fiji potentially opens a path for further detailed studies to understand the full contribution of biomass to future sustainable energy supply.