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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 108, March 2021

Category: bioenergy
Published: 18/03/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

Foreword

In its Energy White Paper, the Government has identified bioenergy as a key contributor, to take the country closer to decarbonisation, there is therefore a continuous push to support projects aiming to produce power, heat and transport fuels from biomass. According to statistics released by the UK Government in December 2020, a sixth of electricity produced in the country now originates from biomass. That share is up from 11.5% of electricity produced from biomass in 2019.

However, biomass energy has been under scrutiny recently, with articles specifically questioning carbon accounting methods for biomass-derived power. Critics argue that harvesting biomass in the form of crops and forestry residues could lead to GHG emissions which would negate the sustainability of the bioenergy itself...

Other News this Month Includes: 

Policy 

  • Biomass fuel requirements following RHI scheme closure
  • REA addresses attacks on biomass energy
  • More...

Markets

  • JLEN acquires Codford Biogas for an initial upfront payment of £19.8 million
  • Drax buys Pinnacle Energy
  • Tees Renewable Energy Plant faces commissioning delays

Research & Development

  • Biomethane CNG trucks for Northern Ireland
  • Drax kickstarts application process to build vital negative emissions technology
  • Calls to remove plastic from WtE plant feeds

Biomass Heat and Power

  • BrewDog to invest £14m in AD facility
  • UK Government invests £4 million in biomass projects

Biogas

  • Vattenfall and Preem look into large-scale production of fossil-free hydrogen in Lysekil, Sweden
  • Gasum aims for carbon emission reductions of a million tons
  • €2.9m available for hauliers to choose cleaner fuel option

Energy from Waste

  • England's first sewage-powered domestic heating scheme planned for Kingston

Events

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