The Government is not doing enough to promote the development
and use of bioenergy according to a report published today.
The Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee says the
UK is lagging behind other countries in the promotion and use of
energy produced from plants and waste – an opinion shared
by the NFU.
Peter Kendall, NFU president, said: “Farmers are keen to
play their part to find ways to combat the causes of climate change
and providing sources of renewable energy is one solution we’ve
been championing for some time. What we need is long term, strong
targets from Government which we haven’t yet seen. Meanwhile,
other European countries stride ahead with the technology, infrastructure
and the consumer demand.
“In the UK we have more than enough land to produce food
and bioenergy and enhance wildlife habitats. We have a real chance
to produce greener fuel and heat solutions domestically – which
will make us not only more environmentally friendly, but also provide
alternative sources of energy at a time when the world energy market
is becoming increasingly fraught.
“The EFRA report states that the UK has a disjointed, piecemeal
approach and lacks ambition in this area. It calls for a minister
to be put in charge of the brief. The NFU has been calling for
a Minister for Climate Change for some time, to take this issue
in hand, manage cross-departmental involvement and drive the policy
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