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Carbon Trust calls for mass switch to biomass heating

Businesses and public sector organisations could benefit by switching from oil, gas and electric heating to using biomass, like waste wood, according to environmental organisation the Carbon Trust.

The organisation said that financial pressures and the coldest start to a winter in more than 30 years  has made reducing heating bills a priority but people still have a lack of understanding of the technology. The Carbon Trust said that material such as waste wood could be used for biomass heating projects across the UK.

Biomass heating, a practical guide, has been published by the Carbon Trust to advise businesses about the benefits of using a biomass system and cost savings it could bring.

Carbon Trust director of innovations Mark Williamson said: Weve become so reliant on oil, gas and electricity that many businesses just are not aware of the cost and carbon benefits of turning to biomass for their heating supply. Renewable heating will need to play a key role in meeting the UKs renewable energy targets and biomass offers the greatest potential to contribute to this.

Growing the UK biomass industry can also offer other positive impacts, such as creating new green jobs in the UK and making use of certain waste products that would otherwise go to landfill.

In its Renewable Energy Strategy consultation, the Government proposed that renewable sources may need to provide 14% of the UKs heating requirements to meet the 2020 renewable energy targets. Biomass is expected to account for a significant proportion of this.

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