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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 86, May 2019

Category: bioenergy
Published: 23/05/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.


Of course, the main justification behind bioenergy is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and finding uses for waste biomass, are both important, but the key driver is emissions reduction. Bioenergy, unless it is deployed alongside carbon capture and storage, does not lead to a net reduction in emissions, but  remains theoretically “carbon neutral”, as the biomass burned has absorbed carbon from the atmosphere during its life – this is still preferable to fossil fuels, which have no such mitigating factors – so any touted emissions reductions are relative to unbridled fossil fuel burning: still progress. However, reducing emissions from energy generation is a difficult process economically, as in the current market – with low fossil fuel prices – renewables, including bioenergy, are at a fiscal disadvantage. It is the job of lawmakers to ease this economic burden by providing financial incentives. Although many incentives, such as Feed-in Tariffs and Contracts for Difference, seek to remunerate renewables generators, another approach is.........  

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • UK committee recommends net-zero emissions target by 2050
  • Scotland to tackle food waste with Anaerobic Digestion
  • VAT to increase for biomass boiler installations
  • Humber region bids to become UK carbon capture hub​


  • UK runs coal-free for a week
  • UK to consult on carbon pricing
  • Registration open for third round of UK CfD​

Research & Development

  • BEIS committee calls for more ambitious Carbon Capture deployment​

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Planning permission evidence required for RHI audits
  • Increase in US biomass generation predicted
  • French paper mill to have biomass boiler​


  • 1 million UK homes now supplied with Green Gas
  • AD sector calls for consistent food waste collection
  • Nordfuel biorefinery to be biggest biogas producer in the Nordic region
  • Finnish dairy looks to produce biogas from manure​


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