Biomass fuels debate on sustainability

Bioenergy has dominated the EU’s agenda as a suitable renewable energy source for years with takers in the transport, heating and electricity generation sector, but is all this about to change for the UK? James Parsons investigates

The revised Renewable Energy Directive will have stricker rules on sourcing wood biomass. Photograph: Piotr Krzeslak/123RFSustainability criteria for bioenergy use across the EU is set to tighten as changes to the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) are finalised. But where does this leave the UK?

RED sets a framework for reaching the EU’s goal of sourcing 27% of its energy from renewables, as well as setting mandatory national targets, detailed planning and regular monitoring requirements, and rules on simplifying administrative procedures.

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