UK trade groups launch biomass heat campaign

Two UK trade groups are making the case for biomass in the government’s plan to fund renewable heating technologies.

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Wood Heat Association (WHA) have joined forces to urge the government to prioritize the decarbonization of heat and to support the continued use of biomass.

The government is currently making policy decisions on how renewable heating technologies will be funded to 2021 and Frank Aaskov, an analyst with the WHA, said the groups are ‘urging them to remember biomass as a force for good’.

To date, 56% of UK residential heating and 81% of non-residential heating generated under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has come from biomass, the groups said.

Aaskov added: ‘We are launching a campaign and a new video designed to emphasize that wood heat in the UK is an affordable and sustainable way to decarbonize our heat sector, particularly in rural or off-gas grid properties.’

The biomass heat sector reduces net carbon emissions by 87.5% compared to the EU Fossil Heat Average, the two groups said. 

The video campaign may be found here

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