UK biomass bodies urge stakeholders to provide evidence in BEIS consultation
The UK Government has published its "Biomass Strategy Call for Evidence" as part of its drive to reduce carbon emissions, move towards renewable energy, address climate change and reach net-zero targets. The UK Pellet Council and Biomass Heat Works! are urging companies, employees, and those associated with the country’s biomass heat sector to make their voice heard by putting forward evidence to reaffirm the positive role biomass should play in future heat decarbonization policy.
According to representatives from the UK Pellet Council and Biomass Heat Works!, the strategy demonstrates that the use of bioenergy is a key factor in carbon reduction measures and recognizes that biomass has played a prominent role, with the capacity for further savings and reductions in fossil fuel emissions.
This is especially true for rural and off-grid areas where electrification technologies such as air source heat pumps are unworkable in older buildings without a significant upgrade to the network infrastructure costing billions of pounds or expensive, household energy efficiency improvements.
However, the Call for Evidence published on April 20, 2021, by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is set to examine how and where sustainable biomass should/can be best used in order to meet net-zero targets.
We very much welcome the Government’s publication of the call for evidence and ask that the UK’s biomass heat industry gets fully behind shaping future heat decarbonization strategy. We have seen over recent weeks post-RHI, reports of consumers returning to fossil fuel systems or replacing old gas and oil boilers like for like, therefore we must demonstrate that biomass has an integral part to play in net-zero policy and must be funded accordingly to help people switch to renewable energy, explained Rupert Ralston of the UK Pellet Council.
Therefore the trade bodies are urging companies, employees, and those associated with the country’s biomass heat sector, whether as supply chain operators, logistics engineers, or consumers, for example, to make their voice heard by putting forward evidence in the public consultation to reaffirm the positive role biomass should play in future heat decarbonization policy.
Biomass has been the most proven technology over the last decade and is often the most suited or cost-effective solution for older properties, especially the many thousands of homes located in rural communities. Government cannot afford to overlook its importance or focus solely on other solutions for short-term gain, especially those in their infancy or lacking supply chain infrastructures while continuing to subsidize fossil fuel use. We welcome the opportunity to submit our evidence and work closely with BEIS ministers and officials to shape a more workable heat decarbonization policy in the run-up to COP26, said Rupert Ralston.
The BEIS call for evidence is open until June 15, 2021.