Published Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Securing Biomass for Energy 

Reaching medium and longer term renewable energy targets requires considerable effort in stepping up renewable energy deployment. In this context, the UK gears up for a major expansion in bioenergy supply, which necessitates a strategy for making best use of this valuable but environmentally very sensitive resource.

Given the environmental sensitivities surrounding different bioenergy sources, a new IEEP report commissioned by the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace UK and the Woodland Trust proposes a sustainability hierarchy as a strategic approach for exploiting the UK’s domestic bioenergy resource. This hierarchy of biomass feedstocks seeks to deliver environmental benefits beyond greenhouse gas savings. The report also develops a suite of sectoral policy tools to implement the hierarchy in practice.