The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has launched a review of the future of bioenergy following a projection that it could provide up to 15% of UK energy by 2050.
It said the review would consider all relevant organic waste materials, including waste wood and the organic part of municipal solid waste. It will examine combustion and thermal processes as well as biological ones such as anaerobic digestion.
The REA said the review had been established after the Committee on Climate Change estimated that bioenergy’s contribution to UK energy could more than double to 15% by 2050.
It seeks to propose a new policy strategy for the Government and industry, outlining how bioenergy can fulfil its long-term potential in a low-carbon energy mix.
Industry and other experts are invited to contribute to a call for evidence.
Adam Brown, the review’s author, said: “Many of the policies which have helped to spur the growth of bioenergy are now coming to an end, and the energy markets and technologies have advanced significantly, so it’s time for an update of the UK’s strategy.
“We want to explore the role of bioenergy and how public policy and industry practice need to change if we’re to get the most out of this sector.”
REA chief executive Nina Skorupska said the review had been launched because “for bioenergy to fulfil its potential long into the future, we need a strong evidence base, expert inputs from industry and real political will”.