• More biomass firing recommended for the UK to meet climate goals

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

The UK’s Energy Technologies Institute has released a report reviewing the past decade’s approach to biomass, finding that the UK should increase its production and firing in the coming years. More second-generation energy crops could be grown in the kingdom without impacting current levels of food production, according to the report, and biomass firing would eventually be coupled with carbon capture and storage to induce ‘negative emissions’. Such a scenario is expected to be particularly important from around 2050 onwards. Geraint Evans of the ETI said “We know that BECCS technologies are not the cheapest means of producing bioenergy nor the cheapest for producing renewable energy, but its economic value comes from offsetting the need for more expensive decarbonisation measures elsewhere in the energy system.”