Bioenergy review – Call for evidence

  • 18 December 2017

    In 2011 the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a Bioenergy Review to provide an assessment of the potential role of bioenergy in meeting the UK's carbon budgets. The Bioenergy Review drew on the best available evidence to address questions relating to the sustainability of bioenergy, lifecycle emissions, resource availability and best-use across the economy. It highlighted the importance of bioenergy for meeting the UK's climate change targets and made recommendations for tightening the sustainability standards for bioenergy resources - recommendations that were subsequently adopted by the UK Government.

    The CCC is now planning to update its work on bioenergy, culminating in a new Bioenergy Review to be published in Autumn 2018. This will consider the latest evidence to provide an updated view on the role of bioenergy in decarbonising the UK economy through to 2050. Key themes to be explored include sustainability and certification, GHG emissions accounting, developing sustainable supply, non-energy uses of bioenergy resources, and transitions to future best-uses of bioenergy resources. We will identify recommendations for further action and aim to develop indicators to allow the CCC to monitor progress over time.

    Stakeholder engagement will underpin the 2018 Bioenergy Review. This Call for Evidence is the first formal step in the engagement process. It is intended to provide all stakeholders with the opportunity to input to the CCC's work and to enable the CCC to draw on the full range of up-to-date evidence relating to bioenergy production, sustainability and use.

    The Call for Evidence will be followed by stakeholder workshops on specific key topics in 2018. In addition, we will be establishing an Expert Advisory Group to provide advice and support to the CCC throughout the review.


    Responding to the Call for Evidence

    • Please answer only those questions where you have particular expertise and are able to provide links to supporting evidence.
    • We encourage responses that are brief and to the point (i.e. a maximum of 400 words per question, plus links to supporting evidence), answering only those questions where you have particular expertise. We may follow up for more detail where appropriate.
    • Please use the website form below when responding, or if you prefer you can answer the questions using this Word form and e-mail your response to: [email protected]
    • Alternatively, if you would prefer to post your response, please send it to: The Committee on Climate Change – 2018 Bioenergy Review Call for Evidence, 7 Holbein Place, London SW1W 8NR

    The deadline for responses is 9am on 5th February 2018.


    Confidentiality and data protection

    • Responses will be published on this website after the response deadline, along with a list of names or organisations that responded to the Call for Evidence.
    • If you want information that you provide to be treated as confidential (and not automatically published) please say so clearly in writing when you send your response to the consultation. It would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded by us as a confidentiality request.
    • All information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the access to information legislation (primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).

    We suggest you have your responses to each question ready to go before entering your answers into this form.


  • Information on organisation / individual submitting response

    If you are responding on behalf of an organisation please provide a brief description of your organisation and your role within this organisation.

    If you are responding as an individual we would be grateful if you could provide a brief description of your background and interest in bioenergy.