More funding should soon be available for biomass projects in Scotland after its Parliament backed the national Biomass Plan.
The minority Scottish National Party government had been slow to support the scheme, but during a debate on forestry an amendment proposed by Jim Hume, the Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson, secured unanimous backing from MPs.
Mr Hume said: “Ministers must make a real effort to develop the biomass industry in Scotland, particularly the Biomass Action Plan. This will not only make a contribution to tackling climate change, but will maximise opportunities for growth and jobs in the renewables industry and communities across the South of Scotland.
“I’m delighted that I managed to win over the SNP and get them to vote positively for my amendment.”
The plan had been put in place by the previous Labour and Lib Dem coalition and included £10 million for biomass projects. It is still to be seen whether this level of funding will be reinstated.