Biomass strategy: BEIS call for evidence on contribution to net zero

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How can sustainably sourced biomass fuels contribute towards our national net zero goals? This BEIS call for evidence is to review the government’s evidence base on available biomass resources and their potential to support the UK’s net zero target. NFU members can read our draft response below.

Like the broader call for evidence earlier this year on greenhouse gas removal (GGR) methods, this is a critically important opportunity for agriculture and the land-based sector to demonstrate our capability to capture carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and couple it with carbon capture and storage technology – a key element of the NFU's Net Zero ambition. This is in addition to the many existing uses of this ancient and versatile energy source: heat and power generation, biofuels and biogas, among others.

Closing on 15 June 2021, this call for evidence recognises that the policy context for biomass among other renewables has moved on since the last official Bioenergy Strategy of 2012. Evidence and views are being sought on:

  • Availability of sustainable biomass from domestic and international sources
  • Potential end uses to support our net zero target in the context of availability of sustainable biomass feedstocks
  • Sustainability of the supply chain and opportunities for strengthening existing criteria
  • Accounting of greenhouse gas emissions from biomass use
  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage technology and its potential applications to deliver negative emissions
  • Opportunities for innovation to support wider deployment of technologies with potential to support the net zero target

In its response, the NFU will also draw upon our work on the industry-led Bioenergy Strategy of 2019, led by the Renewable Energy Association (REA), to which we made a substantial contribution. Read more about our work here, or find out more about the strategy on the REA website.