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UK needs biomass to meet energy targets

The UK will need 10% of its energy produced by biomass in order to meet the UK’s 2050 emissions target, according to a report released today by independent government advisory body the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The report recommends improving the regulatory framework to encourage biomass increase it’s use in the energy mix from a current 2%. Bioenergy would be ideally used with carbon capture and storage, according to the report which would allow for the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and for higher emissions reductions to be achieved.

Committee on Climate Change chief executive David Kennedy said: “Our analysis shows that there is a crucial role for bioenergy in meeting carbon budgets, but within strict sustainability limits – and trade-offs with wider environmental and social objectives may be needed.”

Trade body the Renewable Energy Association (REA) welcomed the news, adding it expected more projects in this sector. It said biomass was more predictable and creates more jobs than offshore wind.

The findings of the bioenergy review will feed in to the Government’s new bioenergy strategy and to the CCC’s advice on the inclusion of international aviation and shipping in carbon budgets which will be published in spring 2012.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Where is this Biomass going to come from? Will it be grown on land which could be used for food crops for humans?
    I seem to remember acticles stating that we were already having to import biomass to feed our existing biomass energy plants. Is the transportation allowed for in the CO2 emissions?

    Lets grow food for humans on land, and develope energy from the natural forces. Tidal energy is predictable.

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