REA comments on CCC Land Use Report
Dr Nina Skorupska CBE FEI, Chief Executive at the REA commented:
“In this report the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) sets out the massive opportunity and role for British farmers – to use bioenergy to increase their income, boost tree cover and cut carbon emissions, as the REA argued in its Bioenergy Strategy. The CCC have made clear that the growth of energy crops and biomass for sustainable energy production are important elements of good land management and part of a strategy for meeting the net zero carbon emissions target.
“Government must act quickly to deliver the CCC’s recommendations, in particular when it comes to ensuring growth in domestic energy crops and biomass demand. In the next few months Government must come forward with a renewed heat decarbonisation policy, as the current Renewable Heat Incentive, which supports the deployment of bioenergy heat applications, ends in 2021. In addition Government should finally introduce the move to 10% renewable fuels in petrol (E10), as well as announce how they intend to reward ‘carbon negative’ technologies such as bioenergy carbon capture, usage and storage.
“Such polices, along with the other land use recommendations made by the CCC, are crucial to growing the bioeconomy, rewarding land owners for playing a key role in the UK’s decarbonisation.”
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- The full report from the CCC is available here: https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/land-use-policies-for-a-net-zero-uk/
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