The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has welcomed the publication of the UK Government’s Biomass Strategy Call for Evidence.
The call for evidence aims to strengthen the government’s evidence base around biomass and will contribute to a review of the potential for biomass to support the UK’s net-zero goals.
“The REA warmly welcomes the publication of the government’s Biomass Strategy Call for Evidence,” said Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, chief executive of the REA.
“Bioenergy is already the largest contributor to renewable energy production across the UK’s heat, power, and transport sectors and the government’s commitment to developing an up-to-date strategy is of great importance to realising the energy transition.
“In 2019, the REA Bioenergy Strategy demonstrated that 16% of primary energy demand could be sustainably met through bioenergy use. As such, this announcement recognises that bioenergy is an essential component for getting to net-zero emissions by 2050.
“As a starting point, the government must consider the range of existing bioenergy skills, supply chains, and technologies already present in the UK across heat, transport, and power.
“Strategically important innovations, like bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, will be delivered by building on the UK’s world-leading biomass sectors and adhering to strict science-led sustainability governance. Such developments require the market to direct how biomass is best used, delivering both immediate and future carbon reductions.
“The REA looks forward to working closely with BEIS throughout the development of the Biomass Strategy, highlighting how the industry will play its part in the successful decarbonisation of the UK energy system.”