The role of wood waste as a source of biomass fuel in the UK

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Biomass is a generic term for a wide range of organic materials including wood, which are used to generate electricity and/or heat. Waste wood is just one form of biomass for which there is rapidly growing interest in the UK.

The key difference between using biomass and fossil fuels is that with biomass, if sustainably managed the carbon dioxide released from combustion is in theory re-absorbed by the replacement growth via photosynthesis making the process, in theory, carbon neutral.

This research summary examines the key issues associated with biomass as well as the role biomass could play in helping the Government meet their proposed greenhouse gas emission targets as laid out in the 2008 Climate Change Act.


  • Introduction
  • Drivers for the development of biomass
  • Waste wood
  • Accommodating low grade wood waste as biomass
  • Future developments

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