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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 114, September 2021

Category: bioenergy
Published: 23/09/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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The search for novel sustainable bioenergy is far from being straight forward, with set-backs and compromises having to be expected. In light of the environmental impacts that long standing industrial practices have had over the past centuries, the world’s efforts to transition towards a net zero economy are made harder by the ever present question of “just how sustainable is a given novel low carbon technology?”

In May 2014, a new Teeside biomass power plant was approved which will reportedly burn 1.1m tonnes of wood a year, with operations expected to start this year. Biofuelwatch, an environmental NGO, has reached out to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to fight the decision to operate the plant as it deems it unsustainable and unlawful. As things stand, and considering the amount of wood that will be burnt every year...

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • Environmental NGO Biofuelwatch questions lawfulness of Teesside biomass site plans
  • Oxfam warns on smokescreen of net zero policies of large companies


  • Drax and NFU partner to boost UK energy crop market
  • HGV driver shortage impacts renewable sectors
  • UK household food waste rising as COVID restrictions relaxed

Research & Development

  • Plastipak’s Clean Tech and BioteCH4 form unique partnership to power recycling operation

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Port of Tyne sees largest ever wood pellet shipment


  • Blue Hydrogen - GHG's worse than burning gas
  • Hermes - expands to 2nd largest CNG Fleet in UK
  • More...

Energy from Waste

  • Black Sheep goes green by selling old hops to make biogas
  • Waste plastic to hydrogen


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