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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 84, March 2019

Category: bioenergy
Published: 21/03/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


In the maelstrom of anticipation (and controversy) surrounding the recent publication of the European Union’s Revised Renewable Energy Directive, it has at times felt easy to forget that the original Renewable Energy Directive is still running its course, and EU member states are still bound by its targets. The original Directive set a legally binding EU-level target of 20% of the bloc’s energy being renewable by 2020. Part of the justification for the Revised Directive was the Union as a whole being on track to meet this target, but some member states have fallen behind, with the slack being picked up elsewhere. One such member state is the Republic of Ireland, whose individual national target for renewable energy consumption by 2020 was 16%. A recent report by The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has revealed that in 2017, Ireland’s renewable energy consumption was only 10.6%, some way behind their target. Of course, Ireland still.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • Ireland set to fail to reach renewable energy targets
  • UK consults on supplier-led support for small-scale renewables generation
  • Lobbyists push for France to shut down coal plants, rather than convert to biomass​


  • Funding for Kent AD plant
  • Ecoprog analyses global biomass power market​

Research & Development

  • UK's low-carbon future after record-low emissions in 2018
  • Electricity from Ghanaian cocoa pods

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Drax up to 75% generation from biomass
  • South Yorkshire biomass plant commences operations
  • Finance secured for 75MW Japanese biomass power plant
  • Biomass boiler for German soda ash plant​


  • Deal signed for UK's first BioSNG plant
  • Bright Biomethane's first biogas upgrade plant in Scotland
  • Hull gasification plant loses contractor​

Energy from Waste

  • Scottish councils unite to ratify Aberdeen Energy from Waste plant
  • Kellingley Colliery Energy Centre moves forward​


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