Biomass and woodfuel
The CLA is deeply active in biomass and woodfuel policy, both in advising DECC and Defra on policies and instruments to support renewables and in our specialist Forestry adviser’s work with the Forestry Commission. More information is available on the CLA Forestry and Woodland pages
Biomass (woodfuel from existing woodlands and energy crops such as miscanthus and short-rotation coppice willow as well as straw and other agricultural co-products) is a carbon-friendly fuel widely used in many other EU states for energy. The CLA lobbies for support for the use of biomass, and advises members on the policy and practicalities.
This work has been going on for many years, and has been successful in delivering a step change in Government’s approach to biomass energy.
CLA has been feeding in to the Government’s Bioenergy Strategy review, results of which are due to be published shortly. The current Biomass Strategy, which sets out a path to delivery of up to one million hectares of land for energy crops - both biofuel and biomass, may be downloaded here.
At the same time, the Forestry Commission, after consulting the CLA and others, published its “Woodfuel Strategy” available here, calling for the release of two million tonnes of wood to be used for heating fuel, either in woodchip or woodpellets.
The CLA has also inputted to the work being undertaken on the biogas and biomass sustainability standards, aiming to ensure that UK produced feedstocks (both timber and non-timber) used for energy are not caught up in red tape designed to ensure that tropical rainforests are preserved. The CLA strongly made the point that existing UK standards (Cross Compliance on farmland and the UK Forest Standard with allied felling licence provisions) ensured home produced fuels are fully sustainable at meetings with the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The Biomass Task Force reported its recommendations in 2006, and the CLA is part of the Biomass Implementation Advisory Group which advised on, and monitored the delivery of the Task Force recommendations.
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