Draft Bioenergy Policy Statement: Consultation

Draft Bioenergy Policy Statement: Consultation graphic
Roderick Low

The Scottish Government are seeking views on the priorities and principles they have set for the use of bioenergy, as well as views on the potential to scale up domestic production of biomass via planting of perennial energy crops.

Bioenergy is a key component of our energy system and contributes to a more circular economy, by turning waste into valuable resources. These can then be used for electricity and heat production or to displace fossil fuels in our gas network and transport systems.

Bioenergy is a diverse sector with applications which can displace fossil fuels across heat, power, industry and transport. This flexibility has led to a steady increase in the use of bioenergy across the globe, with many forecasts assuming even greater demands in the coming years. The emergence of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is also expected to play a valuable role in our pathway to net zero.

These demands require a sustainable supply chain of biogenic materials. At any one time there is a finite amount of sustainable bioresource available

Gillian Martin MSP, Minister for Energy, Just Transition and Fair Work said: 

"Bioenergy has huge potential to reduce emissions across our economy when used with carbon capture and storage technology, which can permanently remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Realising this potential can help to deliver a just transition for our energy sector, and through developing a thriving and homegrown market for domestic production of bioenergy feedstock, can provide opportunities for rural communities.

Sustainability of this supply chain and protection of our natural environment are of critical importance. We must ensure that stringent controls are in place as we seek solutions to the twin nature and climate crises".

The consultation paper contains full background information for this consultation. You may find it useful to read or refer to while responding.

Bioenergy consultation is open until 12 Jun 2024