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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 69, December 2017

Category: bioenergy
Published: 22/12/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


It’s fair to say that bioenergy has suffered some policy setbacks over recent years, following a cap on dedicated biomass under the Renewables Obligation and significant tariff degressions under the Renewable Heat Incentive. A consultation on proposed amendments to the Contracts for Differences scheme, published this month, could provide a further barrier to deployment of the technology. The changes would reduce Greenhouse Gas thresholds for solid and gaseous biomass to a level equivalent to more than a 90% GHG saving on the current carbon intensity of UK power – a level which the industry believes to be unreasonably high. This is unfortunate, as the advantages of bioenergy are clear and well-documented with the technology offering a sustainable and flexible means to decarbonise the UK energy sector. A new report by the International Energy Agency has said that........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • BEIS announces investment in low-carbon industry
  • Independent body to ensure green Brexit
  • UK Budget sees no new cash for renewables
  • System submitted to manage European biomethane market
  • Former UK Environment Secretary lauds AD
  • Ireland to introduce new renewable support scheme
  • UK opens consultation on changes to CfD scheme​


  • EU's renewables losing momentum
  • OPEC predicts strong renewables growth, despite oil and gas dominance​

Research & Development 

  • Accelerated deployment needed for sustainable bioenergy
  • Commercial BioSNG plant progressing well​


  • Barrow top producer as UK green gas passes 1TWh
  • ADBA launches AD certification system
  • Clearfleau builds AD plant at distillery
  • BioWatt acquires new AD plant​

Energy from Waste

  • UK EfW rate catching up to recycling
  • New London Energy Park planned
  • Ethiopia to build Africa's first EfW plant​


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