The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) issued a report at the end of 2018. Within it, they address the areas of biofuels and energy crops. They pay particular attention energy crops such as the wood burned in power stations such as Drax in Yorkshire.
Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the CCC stated that: “the UK has some of the best rules for biomass sustainability, but there are still some gaps and we would love the likes of Drax power station and others to fill those gaps.”
According to Mr Stark, the key issue is “to ensure that wood comes only from forests where trees are replaced quickly to recapture the carbon dioxide emitted when burned.”
Will Gardiner, Chief Executive of Drax power station, commented: “We are committed to working with the government and stakeholders to go further on sustainability requirements and on setting the standard for others to follow.”
The CCC report predicts that demand for biofuels is likely to increase significantly. They estimate that more than 1m hectares of UK land could be used for energy crops. Furthermore, biomass burned in power stations may be eligible for subsidies after 2027 if the carbon emissions are captured and stored underground.
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