Burning wood pellets for power has become a bigger emitter of carbon dioxide in the UK than coal, according to new analysis. The UK is one of the world’s biggest users of biomass for energy, mostly made up of wood pellets burned in converted coal power plants. The Government provides around £1 billion in subsidies for the energy, which is classed as renewable under an EU law now carried over into UK legislation. The renewable classification is given on the basis that the wood comes from sustainable forests, where new trees replace the carbon lost when the pellets are burned to make energy. But a growing number of scientists and green groups are concerned about the classification, because of the time needed for trees to regrow, the potential damage to biodiversity and the emissions involved in shipping the wood pellets, which mainly come from the US but also Russia and eastern Europe.
Telegraph 8th Oct 2021 read more »