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Role of bioenergy highlighted by independent review of RCUK Energy Programme

18 January 2011

An independent panel of international experts reviewing the work of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme has highlighted the significance of biomass and bioenergy in the UK energy portfolio. The review also underscores the role now being taken by BBSRC in co-ordinating bioenergy research across the Research Councils. A key mechanism for this is the recently established Cross-Council Bioenergy Strategic Coordination Group, chaired by Duncan Eggar, the BBSRC Bioenergy Champion.

The review, conducted by an independent panel of international experts, found the overall RCUK Energy Programme to be 'excellent', praising its good return on investment and concluding that the international reputation of UK research in energy is deservedly earned.

The full review can be viewed at:

Established in 2002 by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the RCUK Energy Programme aims to position the UK to meet its energy and environmental targets and policy goals through world-class research and training. The Energy Programme works closely with more than 500 public and private sector organisations to deliver the UK's carbon reduction targets.


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