Biofuels: Carbon Emissions

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 2nd May 2018.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to measure the carbon dioxide emissions of biomass energy generation plants.

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 does not estimate emission changes on a differential basis between technologies. The latest provisional carbon dioxide emissions estimates were published in March 2017. “Provisional UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics 2017https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/provisional-uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-national-statistics-2017

However, the UK has among the most stringent biomass sustainability provisions in Europe. Generators only receive subsidies for the electricity output which complies with our sustainability criteria which ensure biomass reduces carbon emissions (including a requirement to demonstrate a minimum 60% lifecycle greenhouse gas saving) and is sourced sustainably.

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