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Back Biomass statement: Biomass vital to UK energy mix



The Back Biomass campaign has today reiterated the importance of a strong and vibrant biomass sector in meeting the UK’s energy, climate and economic needs.


The campaign was speaking as DECC announced the list of projects which have qualified for Final Investment Decision (FID) enabling.


A campaign spokesperson said:

“Clearly today has brought positive news for some projects in the sector, and further disappointment for others.


“Biomass generation provides reliable, base-load low-carbon energy, and it can do so on a huge scale. What’s more, biomass is an affordable way to generate the electricity which our homes and businesses need - Government’s own Bioenergy Strategy estimates the cost of decarbonising the economy without biomass would be an extra £44 billion.


“We must see sustained and robust commitment from Government for Biomass to play its full role in our energy mix. It is a readily deployable technology which can have massive impact in meeting our energy needs and reaching our decarbonisation targets, whilst creating jobs and investment in the UK.”


Notes to editors:


  1. The Renewable Energy Association’s Back Biomass campaign is an industry led and government supported initiative launched in summer 2011 to urge the Government to ‘Back Biomass’ power as a crucial part of a secure, affordable, low carbon future for the UK. We believe that power and CHP from sustainable biomass offers proven, practical, secure low carbon energy as part of a balanced energy mix. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @BackBiomass
  2. The REA was established in 2001, as a not-for-profit trade association, to represent British renewable energy producers and promote the use of renewable energy in the UK. The REA endeavours to achieve the right regulatory framework for renewables to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK’s electricity, heat and transport needs. For more information, please visit