Government decision on energy crops not evidence-based

The government has yet to assess whether fuelling anaerobic digestion plants with energy crops is environmentally damaging, in spite of coming out against the technology. Farmers say there is little logic to the decision.

Seven Trent's energy crop AD plant near NottinghamThe government’s decision to discourage the development of anaerobic digestion plants fuelled by energy crops is not based on evidence, ENDS has learned.

In March, the energy and climate department (DECC) issued consultations on changes to feed-in tariffs (FITs) and developing a renewable heat incentive (ENDS Report, March 2011 and March 2011).

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