Increasing the deployment of bioenergy renewable sources by more than 10% would enable the UK to affordably meet future carbon budgets while also overcoming an “impending nuclear gap”, a new report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has found. The REA’s Bioenergy in the UK – vision to 2032 and beyond report, released today (4 June) outlines how bioenergy can be utilised to help the UK reach its fourth and fifth carbon budgets. The REA noted that sources of bioenergy could be nearly tripled from 6% to 16% by 2032, creating an additional 117TWh across heat, transport and power. In contrast, EU legislation requires a 12% renewable heat target by 2020. The report notes that the 10% increase would create around 100,000 jobs. REA’s chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska said: “Increasing the deployment of bioenergy is the only realistic solution to affordably and sustainably bridge the anticipated energy gap and rapidly decarbonise the UK in line with legally binding targets. According to the REA, technologies such as modern biomass boilers, biofuels and anaerobic digestion can create an affordable means to provide instant carbon reductions in areas such as heat and transport – sectors which have been notoriously difficult to decarbonise.
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