Young Brits back biomass

Nearly nine in ten young people in the UK support developing biomass and reducing greenhouse emissions. That’s according to statistics from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), which shows three quarters […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Nearly nine in ten young people in the UK support developing biomass and reducing greenhouse emissions.

That’s according to statistics from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), which shows three quarters of the 18-24-year olds believe the government needs to do more to enable this.

The survey of 3,200 adults also shows support for bioenergy is at an all-time high, with 77% of all respondents backing the use of biomass fuel and 84% supporting the use of waste for bioenergy production.

The ETI says bioenergy could play a significant role in decarbonising the UK as it is the only low carbon energy source currently used to produce heat, power and transport fuels, with only 2% of the public believing it has no positive features.

Hannah Evans, ETI Strategy Manager for Bioenergy said: “It is important to maintain strong public support for bioenergy as this could influence policy making and the willingness of farmers and foresters to produce additional biomass feedstocks.

“As well as raising awareness of the benefits of bioenergy, it will be important to address concerns by continuing to demonstrate the sustainability of bioenergy feedstocks.”