The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK Government advisers, has released a new review highlighting the importance of taking a sustainable and strategic approach to bioenergy to meet UK carbon budgets.

The review draws on The UK Energy Research Centre’s (UKERC’s) latest report – Energy from biomass: the size of the global resource, released last month.

According to a UKERC press release of 9th December, the UKERC’s report reviewed more than 90 global studies to get to the heart of the controversy surrounding the role that biomass could play in the future energy systems.

The results suggest that up to one fifth of global energy could be provided by biomass (plants) without damaging food production.

“If we make the best use of agricultural residues, energy crops and waste materials then getting one fifth of current global energy supply from biomass is a reasonable ambition”, says Dr Raphael Slade, the report’s lead author and a Research Fellow at Imperial College London.

“But it is also evident that more bio-energy you want the harder it becomes to reconcile demand for food, energy and environmental protection.”

The CCC report concludes that the UK will need to use at least 10% bioenergy and recommends that it is used for hard to decarbonise sectors such as aviation.

 

Stay tuned in Spring 2012

The UKERC ‘s report of the global biomass resource and the CCC’s review look at the role of biomass in future carbon budgets and will feed in to the UK Government’s Bioenergy strategy due to be published in Spring 2012.

Around the same time, watch out for gasworld’s annual green-themed April issue, where the role of the gases industry in an increasingly green world will be under the spotlight.

This will include features focusing on developments in the hydrogen sector, CO2 and the green agenda, the role of LNG, the development of biomass and biofuels, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and an exploration of biotechnology and the industrial gases industry.