Burning of woody biomass more harmful than coal, says report – BT

http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/burning-of-woody-biomass-more-harmful-than-coal-says-report-11364158687286

The UK has spent hundreds of millions of pounds subsidising the burning of woody biomass which releases more emissions than coal, research has found.

Last updated: 23 February 2017, 20:00 GMT

The UK has spent hundreds of millions of pounds subsidising the burning of woody biomass which releases more emissions than coal, research has found.

Using wood – much of it imported from America – for biomass power and heat is often seen as a relatively cheap and flexible way of supplying renewable energy, but a report by Chatham House suggests the process could be more harmful than traditional energy sources.

Duncan Brack, author of the report – Woody Biomass for Power and Heat Impacts on the Global Climate – wrote that “while some instances of biomass energy use may result in lower life-cycle emissions than fossil fuels”, this was not the case in “most circumstances”.

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