Bioenergy key to meeting carbon budget and realising net zero: REA

By deploying bioenergy across power, heat and transport, shortfalls to the fifth carbon budget could be met, according to a new report by the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

The REA published Bioenergy in the UK – A Vision to 2032 in early June, in which it proposed increasing bioenergy deployment by over 60% between 2020 and 2026, and by a factor of 2.5 by 2032. It explained this would help to address two-thirds of the Committee on Climate Change’s projected shortfall in carbon reductions to hit the 5th Carbon Budget, prove essential to ensuring net zero emissions can be reached by 2050 and also more than address the perceived nuclear gap left by cancelled nuclear power projects.

Such deployment would further offer a pathway to the development and commercial deployment of future technologies and prove both the most cost effective and technologically viable way to immediate carbon reductions in heat and transport.

The report called for supportive policy and regulatory framework towards deployment on this scale, providing long-term confidence to investors while setting strict standards for sustainability management.

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