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Scotland unveils biomass strategy

A new strategy to promote the biomass industry within Scotland has been launched.

Environment Minister, Michael Russell, Scotland’s Environment Minister, confirmed a programme of 25 actions in response to a report by the Woodfuel Task Force.

He said he hoped the biomass industry within Scotland would increase rural employment and help tackle climate change.

Mr  Russell said: 'The task force is part of the Scottish Government's commitment to play a role in tackling climate change and the recommendations will form a valuable part of the approaches we are taking towards addressing this critical issue.

'Biomass has the potential to deliver a wide range of benefits and the report contains innovative and sensible recommendations which will help to turn the potential of biomass as a new form of renewable energy into reality.

'I have been particularly pleased by the way that industry has come together to work on this report - and the outcomes demonstrate why cross industry working can achieve good results.”

The report by the Woodland Task Force is titled 'Increasing the supply of wood for renewable energy production in Scotland'. The Woodland Task Force is led by Forestry Commission Scotland and includes representatives from the renewable energy, wood processing and land management sectors.

The task force’s key recommendations include setting up a series of demonstration sites to promote bioenergy best practise and gain new knowledge, development of a new grant scheme to encourage growers, better management of waste wood and further assessment of benefits and disadvantages from the various biomass strategies being developed.

For a copy of the task force report visit www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-7apfxa