The UK government cannot demonstrate that current biomass arrangements are adequate to providing confidence in meeting sustainability standards, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report.
The government is relying on biomass, in combination with carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS), to make a significant contribution to its Net Zero goals – but it needs to be confident that the industry is meeting high standards of sustainability.
Its current monitoring arrangements rely on a combination of information provided by generators, third-party certification schemes and limited-assurance audit reports, the NAO report notes.
“In our view the lack of an evaluation of how effective these arrangements have been, particularly given the long supply chains involved, means the government cannot demonstrate that its current arrangements are adequate to give it confidence industry is meeting sustainability standards,” the report states.
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