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2020 targets could be partly met by biomass

A government report has claimed that up to half of 2020 renewable targets could be met by energy crops, wood and other forms of biomass.

The UK Bioenergy Strategy, published jointly by the DECC, Defra and DfT, says biomass will play a major role in meeting national targets.

However, the increase is currently limited by crop capacity.

The report said: “The potential to upscale is currently restricted by the UK planting and harvesting capacity, grower acceptance, economics, technology compatibility and social resitance related to concerns around long-term land use change.”

The Renewable Energy Association’s Gaynor Hartnell said that while some biomass would be UK-sourced and some imported, all must be sustainable and deliver significant carbon savings.