The UK won’t reach greenhouse targets without bioenergy – report


The UK will not be able to achieve its greenhouse gas emissions targets, nor its legally-binding Fifth Carbon Budget without the increased use of bioenergy.

That’s the finding of the latest report by the country’s Renewable Energy Association (REA), who say that bioenergy will also potentially fill the gap in capacity left following the cancellation of numerous nuclear projects in the country.

The report suggests that if the deployment rate of bioenergy in the country were to increase by 250% by 2032, bioenergy could potentially add 117TWh of heat, electricity and transport fuels.

This would also potentially make up the shortfall predicted in achieving the Fifth Carbon Budget forecasted by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The report predicts bioenergy’s contribution to the UK’s energy capacity could rise by over 9.5% by 2032, whilst also creating over 100,000 jobs in the country.

According to the association, technologies such as biofuels, biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion offer “immediate and affordable” solutions to emissions reduction, mentioning sectors such as transport and heat, two sectors that face significant challenges in the race to decarbonisation.

The report also goes on to name bioenergy as an important insurance against delays in deployment, or any other long-term problems associated with other technologies.

REA CEO Dr Nina Skorupska said: “Increasing the deployment of bioenergy is the only realistic solution to affordably and sustainably bridge the anticipated energy gap and rapidly decarbonise the UK in line with legally binding targets.

“Bioenergy is a no regrets solution to achieving these targets due to its ability to provide immediate and affordable greenhouse gas savings through existing infrastructure whilst facilitating the development and commercialisation of future technologies.”