UK Government To Withdraw Subsidies For Unsustainable Biomass

UK biomass electricity generators could risk losing government subsidies if they fail to prove their fuel has come from sources that have been officially certified as “sustainable”, under new plans announced today. Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today unveiled new sustainability criteria for wood-fuel, which aim to ensure any fuel used delivers lifecycle carbon emissions […]

UK biomass electricity generators could risk losing government subsidies if they fail to prove their fuel has come from sources that have been officially certified as “sustainable”, under new plans announced today.

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today unveiled new sustainability criteria for wood-fuel, which aim to ensure any fuel used delivers lifecycle carbon emissions savings of more than 70 percent compared to coal and oil.

The criteria are due to come into effect from 2014 for the vast majority of the UK’s biomass plants, and will require generators to take account of emissions associated with harvesting, biodiversity protection, and land use rights for local people where the crops are grown.

The government said that from 2015 it could then withdraw funding under the Renewables Obligation (RO) support mechanism if plants fail to meet the new criteria.

“The coalition is committed to delivering clean, affordable and secure energy for consumers,” said Barker in a statement. “This includes an important role for biomass power as part of the UK’s energy mix. The new criteria will provide the necessary investor certainty and, crucially, ensure that the biomass is delivered in a transparent and sustainable way.”

From BusinessGreen: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2290456/breaking-government-to-withdraw-subsidies-for-unsustainable-biomass

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