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UK bioenergy has embarked on a very big year

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With COP26 on the horizon, there is an opportunity for the UK to bolster its bioenergy potential, writes Colin Ley.

This is a massive year for the UK bioenergy industry with the impact of the COVID-19 recovery, Brexit-inspired trade battles, and COP26 combining to create upsides and downsides in pretty much equal measure.

While the whole world is coping with the task of rebuilding industries and economies from the yearlong disruption caused by COVID-19, the UK’s bioenergy producers have Brexit as a still-troubling add-on. The fact that all this is being played out while the UK prepares to take centre stage as hosts of COP26, raises the prospect that 2021 will be a very good year for some of the country’s renewable energy producers and investors and a major let-down for others.

COVID-19 fall-out

Dealing first with the pandemic and its impact on anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, the past 12 months have been extremely difficult. While solar and wind farms have enjoyed their normal ebb and flow of power input, AD producers have been on the end of disrupted food waste supply...

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