Bioenergy still needs more support, say REA

Renewable energy trade association, REA, has welcomed the Committee on Climate Change’s bioenergy review and used it to call on Government to give the industry stronger signals for it to […]

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By Tom Gibson

Renewable energy trade association, REA, has welcomed the Committee on Climate Change’s bioenergy review and used it to call on Government to give the industry stronger signals for it to grow.

The review suggested that bioenergy should be used in conjunction with Carbon Capture and Storage, which would allow for the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and for higher emissions reductions to be achieved.

Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive at REA said: “We welcome the Committee’s acknowledgement that bioenergy has a key role to play – and that it will be difficult to meet climate change targets unless it provides at least 10% of all energy in 2050. It also has unique potential if carbon capture and storage (CCS) becomes economically viable as the only technology which can become carbon negative.”

Mrs Hartnell said bioenergy had a key role to play for the transport sector, which the review has acknowledged: “Despite much of the language being gloomy, the review shows that biofuels will be needed in road transport – indeed, they need to peak in 2030 and remain a significant element until 2045. If that is to happen, there need to be strong signals from Government now to encourage the necessary investment.”