Burning wood for energy has become something of a go-to for governments scrambling to meet their renewables targets. Today, over 20 per cent of the UK’s ‘renewable’ energy is provided by huge power plants burning wood pellets that have been shipped from Eastern Europe, Canada and the US. Biomass is also a handy option for utilities: it’s government-stamped as ‘carbon neutral’ – an easy sell to green-minded customers. But there is, inevitably, more to it. Propping up the ‘sustainable’ status of large-scale biomass are three myths – and true to form, these don’t stand up to scrutiny.
Business Green 8th April 2018 read more »