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  • Published: Jul 2nd, 2010
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Large-scale biomass risks UK jobs and carbon emissions

| Sourced From Newenergyfocus |

Subsidising the purchase of wood for incineration and encouraging demand for UK sourced wood for large-scale power generators could result in an increase in carbon emissions and harm other sectors, according to the wood panel industry.

Two independent reports commissioned by the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF) have found that the “spiralling development” of large-scale wood fired energy plants in the UK threatens around 8,700 UK jobs and risks a 1%, or six million tonne, increase in UK carbon emissions.

Along with publishing the research, the Federation has also today (June 28) launched a campaign, entitled MAKE WOOD WORK’, to counter what it claims is the severe market distortion its members face from the Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy regime.

According to the Federation, the problem is that wood panels produced from virgin and reclaimed wood are needed for the manufacturing and construction industry, however, biomass energy plants are being incentivised to burn the same materials by government policy driven subsidy.

At present, under the RO banding, dedicated biomass projects are eligible to receive 1.5 ROCs per MWh, while co-firing of biomass gets 0.5 ROCs and dedicated biomass with combined heat and power (CHP) qualifies for 2 ROCs. As of June 24, the average value of 1 ROC was around

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