The UK could rapidly increase the amount of energy, and especially heat, produced from biomass, a taskforce reported to the government on Tuesday. Renewable energy and environmental groups immediately attacked the taskforce for rejecting a proposal to set a national renewable heat obligation (EED 12/05/04).
According to the taskforce, Britain could produce 20m tonnes of biomass annually for energy, sufficient to increase the renewables share of the heat market to 3% by 2010 and 7% by 2015. This would cut UK carbon dioxide emissions by 3m tonnes per year.
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