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Long-awaited biomass strategy leaves many questions unanswered

In August, the UK Government finally published its long awaited and much delayed biomass strategy.

For the heating sector, it would be easy to assume that this is only of interest to those involved in solid biomass. However, the Government here is talking about all biomass feedstocks and all the technologies that depend on them, so liquid and gaseous biofuels are also included. Indeed, because transport is seen as an area where biofuels could play a lead role in decarbonisation, liquid biofuels are perhaps the most important technology featured.

So, does heating get much of a look in? The answer, unfortunately, is no. The Biomass Strategy runs to some 202 pages, of which the section devoted to heating runs to just six. This is because as the Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy made clear, and is again reiterated here, the Government is committed to the electrification of heat and, off . . .

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