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  • Anaerobic Digestion deployment in the United Kingdom: second annual report published

    22 Apr 2015
    We're delighted to announce the publication of our second annual Anaerobic Digestion (AD) deployment in the UK report. 

    Based on information from NNFCC’s anaerobic digestion deployment database, the report provides a comprehensive regional breakdown of sector development in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the 10 regions of England, giving detailed information on feedstock requirements, installed capacity and output type (combined heat & power or biomethane – to-grid) for every project.

  • EU Environment Committee agrees 7% cap on traditional biofuels

    16 Apr 2015

    The European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) has voted to cap the amount of first generation biofuels and promote the use of “advanced biofuels”, such as those sourced from waste, residues and algae. The new legislation aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) caused by the growing use of farm land for biofuel crops. The Committee’s decision, agreed on 14 April, is expected to be approved by the EU Parliament later this month.

  • Bioenergy electricity generation increased by 24% in 2014, in record year for renewables

    26 Mar 2015

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published its latest statistics on UK Energy Trends and Energy Prices for 2014. The figures show that renewable electricity generation was 64.4 TWh in 2014, an increase of 20% on the 53.7 TWh in 2013, with bioenergy up by 24% and wind generation up 11%. Renewables’ share of electricity generation was a record 19.2% in 2014. A separate report by DECC showed that low-carbon industries saw a record turnover of £122 billion in 2013, with an annual growth rate of 7.6% since 2010.

  • Most global energy industry leaders believe 70% renewable electricity system possible by 2050

    24 Mar 2015

    A recent global research initiative conducted by DNV GL has found that more than 80% of global energy sector participants believe that the electricity system can be 70% renewable by 2050. And almost half of those surveyed believe that this can be achieved within the next 15 years.

  • Biomass combined with Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) “only credible route” to meet UK’s 2050 climate change target, says ETI

    24 Mar 2015

    Bioenergy has the potential to help secure UK energy supplies, mitigate climate change, and create significant green growth opportunities if deployed effectively, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

  • Castle Debates report: Environmental challenges and opportunities

    19 Mar 2015

    An up-to-date compilation of the ‘Castle Debates: environmental science, law and policy highlights 2010-15’ was launched in the House of Commons on 17 March.

  • Biomass industry avoiding up to €1 billion in carbon taxes due to ETS ‘loophole’, report claims

    19 Mar 2015

    A new study which claims that the biomass industry is avoiding paying up €1 billion in carbon taxes due to a “loophole” in the EU Emmissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been criticised as “intentionally misleading” by the renewable energy sector.

  • IIGCC proposes “12 fixes” to EU Juncker Plan

    19 Mar 2015

    The International Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has published a report in response to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s €300 billion economic stimulus plan for the EU. Under the ‘Juncker Plan’, €21 billion of EU money must be used to secure €315 billion of funding for infrastructure over the next three years.

  • Budget 2015: key points for the energy sector

    18 Mar 2015

    The Chancellor George Osborne has expressed his support for the fossil fuel industry in his 2015 Budget announcement today (18 March).

    His proclamation that a strong oil and gas industry is “absolutely vital” to the UK’s prosperity, caused consternation among environmental groups, but the Budget did contain some good news for the renewables sector, including:

    • The opening of negotiations on financial support for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project
    • £60 million funding for a new energy research centre in Birmingham 
  • Celtic Renewables secures new investment

    17 Mar 2015

    Celtic Renewables, the world’s first company to produce biofuel capable of powering cars from residues of the whisky industry, has received £500,000 in a new round of investment, taking its valuation to £10 million.

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