The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is to invest £160,000 in a project to review the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy.
It has appointed low carbon energy consultancy North Energy Associates (NEA) to lead the seven-month project.
It will review Life Cycle Assesment (LCA) studies to collect data sources and to produce reliable information across different relevant bioenergy feedstocks and value chains in the country.
LCAs are used to understand the greenhouse gas emissions associated with bioenergy from across the supply chain, from feedstock production to energy production, the ETI states.
The project will assess the strengths and weaknesses associated with applying these methodologies to bioenergy value chains.
Andrew Thomas, Project Manager for Bioenergy at the ETI said: “ETI analysis of the UK’s future energy system has consistently shown that bioenergy should play a major part in cost effectively helping the UK meet its legally binding 2050 greenhouse gas emissions targets.
“LCAs help us to understand exactly what emissions are associated with producing bioenergy which is crucial to ensure that it delivers genuine carbon savings. It is important to all ensure that biomass feedstocks are produced sustainably and deliver genuine carbon savings.”