The U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change has announced that starting in 2015, the biomass industry must show its fuel is sustainable to receive financial support. According to information released by the DECC, all electricity generators of 1 megawatt (MW) capacity or higher that use solid biomass or biogas feedstock will be required to demonstrate that they are meeting certain sustainability criteria in order to claim support under the Renewables Obligation (RO).
A press release issued by the DECC explains that these new criteria for sustainable forest management include elements related to sustainable harvesting rates, biodiversity protection, and land use rights for indigenous populations.
Tags: Renewables Obligation (RO), independent sustainability audit, sustainability report, NNFCC RO sustainability standards
Source: Biomass Magazine, 2013-08-22.