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UK's Bioenergy Day – a coal to biomass powerhouse

Bioenergy is Europe's leading renewable energy source. According to Eurostat data and calculations made by the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), bioenergy will be able to supply 11 percent of the final energy consumption in 2017.

An additional 7 percent comes from the other renewables, while the rest (82 percent) still comes from fossil fuels. Within this context, for 66 days the EU can run on renewable energies, 41 days of which are supplied by bioenergy—from November 21 to the end of the year.

For the United Kingdom (UK), its Bioenergy Day is December 15, from which its energy demand could be met exclusively with biomass until the end of the year. The country is the single largest wood pellet consumer in Europe using around 6.85 million tonnes in 2015 of which 6.5 million were imported. Domestic production is limited, the installed annual production capacity is estimated to be around 450 000 tonnes.

A view of the wood pellet storage silos at Drax Power.

A view of the wood pellet storage silos at Drax Power.

Unlike the rest of Europe where heat is the largest sector for biomass, the lion’s share in the UK is used for power generation despite policy efforts with the domestic and non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Most of the pellets, approximately 5.8 million tonnes in 2015 were used for power generation with Drax Group the single largest consumer.

Biogas has seen rapid growth. The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association’s (ADBA’s) July 2017 Market Report shows that anaerobic digestion (AD) in the UK now has an installed biogas power capacity of 730 MWe equivalent.

About European Bioenergy Day

The European Bioenergy Day campaign is powered by the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) and relayed across Europe by both national and international partners supporting the belief that bioenergy is more than a renewable energy source, but a reliable path that will lead Europe to achieve its renewable energy transition in the shortest span of time.

The campaign will last 66 days, starting from November 21 through the end of the year. This is a symbolic date on which the European Bioenergy Day was celebrated by organizing the European Bioenergy Future Conference, that was held in Brussels, Belgium on that date.

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