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BBSRC welcomes UKERC report on biomass

28 November 2011

BBSRC welcomes the publication of the UK Energy Research Centre's (UKERC) report 'Energy from biomass: the size of the global resource' which suggests that up to one fifth of today's global energy (100 Exajoules) could be provided by biomass without adversely impacting food production.

BBSRC Bioenergy Champion, Duncan Eggar, said "This report has drawn on and rationalised a wealth of literature and concluded that up to one fifth of the world's current energy supply could be provided sustainably by biomass. This is an important contribution to the development of energy policy for the future. Setting the goal of providing 100 Exajoules from biomass will help to improve our understanding of what is possible and the level of effort that will be required if biomass is to make up a higher proportion of energy supply. We recognise that achieving this goal sustainably will be complex, and in addition to food security encompasses issues such as biodiversity, ecosystem services and land use change; we look forward to making our contribution."