REA comments on The Burning Question report

Dr Nina Skorupska CBE FEI, Chief Executive at the REA said:

“This paper by Ember amounts to a misreading of the science, going against the UN’s IPCC and the UK’s CCC, with recommendations that would raise bills for consumers whilst undermining the path to Net Zero.

“The carbon accounting rules that govern the renewables sector were reaffirmed just last year by the IPCC, the UN’s climate change body. They’re also endorsed by the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change. They acknowledge the way in which land sector emissions are counted, including the growth and harvesting of biomass, balancing out the stack emissions from biomass power. Removing this approach leads to double accounting of carbon, which is both inaccurate and adds to electricity bills.

“The UK should continue to build on its success with biomass, promoting its world-leading regulations and developing key technologies like BECCS.”

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