Coal Fired Power Stations: Timber

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of burning wood in coal power stations with the Clean Growth Strategy and the UK's obligations under the Paris Agreement.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The Department is fully committed to the implementation of both the Paris Agreement and the Clean Growth Strategy.

The Clean Growth Strategy highlights the importance of biomass in the UK’s energy mix and economy. All biomass must come from a sustainable source. Those plants using biomass, with a capacity greater than or equal to one megawatt, must also prepare an annual sustainability report, compiled by a third party auditor/verifier, which will provide assurance that biomass is from sustainable sources.

The Department has not made a specific assessment of the compatibility of burning wood in coal power stations with the Clean Growth Strategy and the UK's obligations under the Paris Agreement.

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