ESC and ETI response to the CCC’s Bioenergy Review (2018): Call for Evidence

Published: 12 February 2018

The Energy Systems Catapult welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) Bioenergy Review Call for Evidence.

In 2011, the CCC published a Bioenergy Review, providing an assessment of the role that bioenergy could play in meeting the UK’s 2050 emissions target. Using evidence gathered from academics, industry and research bodies, it highlighted the importance of bioenergy and made recommendations on how bioenergy resources could best be used, and its recommendations were subsequently adopted by the UK Government.

Six years on, the CCC is now planning to update its work on bioenergy, culminating in a new Bioenergy Review to be published in Autumn 2018. This will consider the latest evidence to provide an updated view on the role of bioenergy in decarbonising the UK economy through to 2050, help review the progress made, and reassess the best role for bioenergy in the wider energy system.

This publication sets out the written evidence submitted by Hannah Evans (Bioenergy Practice Manager) on behalf of the ESC and Geraint Evans (Bioenergy Programme Manager) on behalf of the ETI.

The ETI and ESC’s joint response covers five key areas:

  • Supply of bioenergy feedstocks
  • Best-use of bioenergy resources
  • Opportunities to scale-up the supply of sustainably-produced domestic bioenergy supply in the UK and associated risks
  • Policy measures that should be considered by Government in supporting the scale-up of domestic supply
  • Best-use of bioenergy resources including gasification, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), and Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)