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REA: Back Biomass Campaign Responds to the Government's Heat Strategy


The Government’s Heat Strategy published today praised the role biomass is already playing in providing renewable heat to domestic and industrial users. The Strategy states that ‘biomass holds significant promise in the UK’s energy system’ and advocates fuel switching to low carbon alternatives like sustainable biomass to help bring down emissions from heat which currently account for one third of total emissions. In particular, the Government highlighted the importance of biomass in decarbonising hard-to-electrify sectors (such as transport and various industrial processes) and in facilitating heat networks for communities and districts.

Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association said:

“It’s good to see the Government finally putting in place a long-term strategy for renewable heat, now we need action taken swiftly to put it into practice. Together with a strong statement of support in the forthcoming Bioenergy Strategy and positive policy announcements in coming months on the Renewables Obligation and the RHI, this should help provide the sector with the confidence needed to start delivering for the UK’.