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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 93, December 2019

Category: bioenergy
Published: 16/12/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


We begin with some good news from (though not necessarily for) the coal sector, as reports are indicating that 2019 will have seen a record reduction in global coal usage for energy generation. The overall reduction is around 3%, or around 300TWh. The USA, China, India, and Europe are most responsible for the drop. Particularly in India’s case, this is an almost unprecedented drop, as the country has not seen a year-on-year decrease in fossil fuel generation for 30 years. Reducing coal generation is important not just in terms of carbon emissions – even though coal does result in greater carbon emissions than other fossil fuels – but for air quality too, as coal is responsible for significant particulate emissions, which can be damaging to human health. The switch away from coal could well be a boon for the bioeconomy too.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • Capacity Market Mechanism opens to wind and solar


  • Biomass power shows little growth prospects in US
  • Renvas Biomass plant in Japan reaches financial closure
  • Coal use in decline worldwide
  • UK tops biomass pellet use in EU​

Research & Development

  • Zero Carbon Humber Launch
  • Broadening biomass feedstock supply
  • UN calls for urgent action to curb domestic biomass use in Africa
  • Drop in coal use cannot prevent annual rise in global emissions​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Denmark increases biomass use
  • Drax to expand its pelleting capability
  • 3 million homes powered by Yorkshire biomass plants
  • Drax aims for carbon-negativity by 2025​


  • Global biogas partnership
  • ADBA reiterates pre-election call for AD support from UK Government​

Energy from Waste

  • EU incineration legislation comes into effect


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