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WHAT'S THE UK'S SECOND

BIGGEST SOURCE OF

RENEWABLE POWER?

 

WHAT IS BIOMASS POWER? 

Biomass power is electricity generated using plant-based fuels.

This can include wood pellets and wood chips, bioenergy crops or even agricultural and domestic waste.

It's renewable because we're continually growing plants and trees for a variety of purposes, but these processes often create residues that aren't needed.

 

Such residues can be used as a low-carbon, renewable alternative to displace fossil fuels. We can also use purpose-grown crops.

Biomass power is particularly useful because it does not depend on the weather, making it a uniquely flexible, reliable energy source.

 

As a result, biomass is Britain's second biggest source of renewable electricity. The Committee on Climate Change believes sustainably sourced bioenergy could provide up to 15% of the UK's primary energy by 2050.

ABOUT BIOMASS UK

Biomass UK represents 200 generators, suppliers and contractors in the UK's international biomass power supply chain.

Between them, our members are responsible for around 7-9% of Great Britain's electricity supply.

We're part of the UK's Renewable Energy Association, which represents a broad range of renewable energy technologies.

Last quarter, biomass supplied:

 of Britain's electricity,

which is

Wind

Solar

Gas

Hydro

Nuclear

Coal

Imports & Storage

% of total supply, Q1 2019

5.3%

21.2

2.5

1.4

41.3

3.6

16.8

7.9

17.4%

of our renewable electricity supply.

News

'The Foresting of the West'

The Economist reports on progress in combatting deforestation around the world, where developed countries are using regulations and market forces to protect forests and create significantly more forest cover.

Bioenergy: wildfire defence

Healthy markets for forest products - including the market for wood fuel - helps to pay for measures that protect against wildfires like those in California in 2018, as well as preventing tree diseases and infestations.

Boosting British infrastructure

Major investments in the UK's bioenergy supply chain at ports, rail freight and power stations have protected British jobs and smoothed the transition from coal dependence to a low-carbon economy.

Higher levels of sustainable bioenergy resource will reduce the overall cost of decarbonisation and help higher levels of ambition be achieved.

 

Biomass in a low-carbon economy

UK Committee on Climate Change, 15 November 2018

Contact Biomass UK

For any enquiries, including media enquiries, please contact us:

Biomass UK, Renewable Energy Association,

80 Strand, London, WC2R 0DT

(+44) (0) 20 7925 3570