UK report predicts increase in imports of US renewable wood fuel

RICHMOND, VA – The United States Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) today lauded a report from the U.K. Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that called for increased use for biomass, to provide a low carbon future.

The report states, “with imports supplementing domestic [UK] resources, a total of up to 15% [up from 7%] of the UK’s primary energy demand could, under certain conditions, come from sustainable biomass [including imports from the US] by 2050.”

USIPA Executive Director, Seth Ginther commented that, “The report shows that [b]iomass is an essential source of renewable energy that plays a large role in the all-of-the-above approach to displacing coal with cleaner alternatives.  USIPA’s members and partners are expanding healthy forests and ensuring they remain viable and sustainable for generations to come.  We look forward to working with our partners, as well as the CCC, to further reduce CO2 emissions around the world.”

The report specifically cited US Forest Service data showing that harvesting biomass for renewable energy increases forest cover.

The CCC press release can be found here, and the full report can be found here.

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