This report by the Committee on Climate Change assesses the role of biomass – wood, plants and organic waste – in the global strategy to tackle climate change.
Biomass can play an important role in meeting the UK’s long-term (2050) emissions targets, and moving towards net-zero emissions, but only with stricter governance to ensure sustainable supplies.
The report’s key findings are:
- Managing biomass stocks is an important component of global climate mitigation strategies
- Sustainably harvested biomass can play a significant role in meeting long-term climate targets, provided it is prioritised for the most valuable end-uses
The key recommendations of the report are:
- The UK should aim to increase the volume of carbon stored in our forests and land
- Food and biodegradable waste must be collected separately from other refuse in all areas across the UK
- Rules governing the supply of sustainable sources of biomass for energy need to be improved
- Biomass must be used in the most effective way. Uses that enable long-term carbon storage should be prioritised
Supporting charts and data
The following infographic shows the key messages from this report. Click the image below for a higher resolution version.