NGOs call on UK government to end biomass subsidies

Bioenergy Insight Magazine
November 17, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A group of NGOs have called upon the British government to end subsidies for biomass and instead invest in other renewable sources. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and its partners the Dogwood Alliance and Southern Environmental Law Centre have written to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond ahead of the upcoming Autumn Budget announcement. A significant amount of the UK’s renewable energy generation comes from old coal-fired power stations that have been converted to burn biomass, primarily in the form of wood pellets imported from the southeastern US. NRDC argues that biomass-burning relies on government subsidies to be financially viable.

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