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CBI says more biomass energy is needed for UK industry

The Government must link energy and waste policies in order to improve waste management for energy-intensive industries, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned.

In its Protecting the UK’s Foundations report, the CBI calls on the Government to support energy- intensive industries through more joined up policy. It suggests removing barriers to recycling waste as fuel to allow industry to benefit from the sale of waste to biomass producers.

The report said: “The use of biomass could play a more important role. A bio-energy strategy is needed to consider the pros and cons of the different energy end uses for our bio-resources, as well as important uses of bio-resources as a business raw material.

“Energy-intensive industries are making greater use of wastes to provide energy to their facilities and insulate them from energy price increases.”

Energy-intensive industries are described as companies involved in sectors such as steel, cement, paper, glass and aluminium, and which have an energy intensity above 3% of their production costs under the 2006 EU Energy Products Directive.

According to a recent CBI report, the UK could quadruple the proportion of energy the UK generates from waste from 1.5% to 6% by 2015, but requires a joined-up policy approach across several government departments.

CBI chief policy director Katja Hall said: “Energy-intensive industries underpin the UK’s manufacturing sector. The Government is in serious danger of throwing out the baby with the bathwater if it continues to pile new costs on to industries that are responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs and bring in £15bn to the UK economy every year.”

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