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Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL15237, tabled on 11 April 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of bioenergy's contribution to cutting harmful emissions.

Answered on

29 April 2019

Sustainable bioenergy has played a valuable, transitional role in helping us meet our 2020 renewable energy targets and move to a low-carbon energy mix. In 2018, electricity generation from bioenergy was a record 35.6 TWh which constituted 32% of electricity generated from renewable sources.1

As set out in the Clean Air Strategy, we are also reviewing the air quality impacts of biomass to ensure that our energy policies can jointly tackle climate change and improve air quality. A consultation on ending support for new coal to biomass conversions will be conducted in due course.2

1. Energy Trends December 2018 (attached)

2. Clean Air Strategy 2019 (available on Gov.Uk)