Large potential seen for UK biomass energy

Report to government urges big grant scheme to secure rapid increase in biomass heat plant construction

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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