Prof Sir John Beddington was the UK government’s chief scientific adviser between 2008 and 2013. He is a senior strategy adviser at the Oxford Martin School and professor of natural resource management at the University of Oxford. Europe is currently considering a renewable energy directive that would raise the requirements to use renewable energy from a level of roughly 16% of final energy demand in 2015 to a level of 27-35% by 2030. While this is a laudable target, policymakers do need to consider very carefully some potential unintended consequences of the rules that they are proposing. There is a real risk that these policies may even lead to a situation whereby global emissions accelerate. The flaw is this: the directive will use an expansive classification of bioenergy products, allowing countries, factories and power plants to claim credit as renewable fuel for using trees harvested specifically for use in power plants and not merely residues and wastes Burning wood by-products – that is, residues and production wastes – has been long practiced in Europe. This can benefit the climate thanks to a two-fold displacement effect.
Carbon Brief 20th Dec 2017 read more »
Problems with the rail unloading facilities at the UK’s largest power station in the wake of a fire led the plant’s operator to warn yesterday that its full-year earnings would be £10 million lower than expected. Drax Group said deliveries of biomass to two facilities at the power plant in North Yorkshire were currently “restricted” and that repairs would take until next month, limiting its production of renewable energy for several weeks.
Times 21st Dec 2017 read more »
FT 20th Dec 2017 read more »