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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 81, December 2018

Category: bioenergy
Published: 19/12/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


In the established bioenergy paradigm, it is known that bioenergy is, at best, carbon neutral in its raw form. The burning of biomass still emits carbon dioxide, but it has long been established that these emissions are mitigated by the fact that the biomass itself, in life, absorbed carbon from the atmosphere. This sets bioenergy at a disadvantage compared to other renewables such as solar and wind power, as these sources generate without any emissions at all (although it should also be noted that nor do they actively remove carbon from the atmosphere). However, one method by which bioenergy can become “carbon negative” is through Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). This process “captures” the carbon emissions from burning biomass, and sequesters them underground. This technology has long existed in theory, but.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • UK Government publishes Carbon Capture action plan
  • 15% degression on RHI tariff for AD
  • Ofgem pursues generators who miss RO shortfall payments
  • EU approves new energy targets
  • Drax secures risk-sharing deal in wake of capacity market suspension​


  • Budget notice released for next Contract for Difference auction
  • Ofgem distributes late payments for Renewables Obligation​

Research & Development

  • BEIS analyses Carbon Capture and Storage business models
  • New research suggests available EU biomass could triple
  • UK Government publishes evidence for biomass heating by 2050
  • Energy Barge project set to map European bioenergy markets​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Drax BECCS system set to begin operation
  • Responses to UK consultation on banning biomass combustion from RHI​


  • Biogas plants could have widespread benefits for the US
  • Belgium's first biomethane plant
  • Funding for Irish biogas project​


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