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Biomass energy – how should Government support its development?

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A consultation has been launched by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on how to support the deployment of biomass energy generation with associated carbon capture technologies.

Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) generates energy from biomass, while storing the carbon released, providing an opportunity to produce renewable energy, while at the same time removing CO2 from the atmosphere. It is seen as a significant opportunity to bolster energy security and support the delivery of a fully decarbonised power system by 2035.

The biomass energy consultation, following Government’s commitment set out in its Net Zero Strategy to remove 5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year from the atmosphere by 2030, seeks views on how private investment can be attracted to accelerate the deployment of the technology at scale.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:

“The government is fully behind biomass energy to provide more power in Britain, for Britain.

“The more clean power we generate within the UK, the less exposed we’ll all be to volatile gas markets that are pushing up bills.

“Today’s plans could create an entirely new industry in our country, using sustainable biomass in a way that absorbs harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. With these reforms, we will boost domestically-produced, cheaper and cleaner sources of energy to power Britain into the future.”

The consultation will run until October – responses can be made via the Government’s website.

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