Wood vs. Bamboo
Bamboo is a rapid growing and quickly renewable resource that sequesters carbon from the atmosphere at a faster rate than traditional slower growing hardwood and softwood crops, while yielding (weight/acre/year) up to 25 times more biomass than traditional timber sources. Unlike bamboo, which matures and can be harvested in 3 to 5 years, it takes trees of hard and soft woods typically 10 to 50 years until they reach full maturity.
Tree plantations have to be chopped down and replanted. This timeframe makes the act of reinvesting in the next cycle of tree harvest slow. Bamboo has the potential to bring biomass fuel to scale a lot faster and provide income-generating opportunities through other bamboo-based products.