Biorenewables are a rapidly growing part of the UK’s low carbon economy and offer significant opportunities for investment. Our installed bioenergy capacity currently stands at 2,000 MWe and we can now produce more than 700,000 tonnes of biofuel each year. Increasingly demanding renewable energy and fuel targets are also likely to mean this will only increase in the future. In addition, bioplastics are emerging as a growing opportunity for using biomass, as manufacturers and retailers strive to reduce their reliance on plastics made from fossil fuels and demonstrate that they are leaders in sustainability.
“We are beginning to see real progress across the biorenewables sector in the UK and biomass is playing an increasingly important role in heat, power and materials markets,” said Dr Adrian Higson, Head of Biorefining at the NNFCC. “This trend is likely to continue in the forthcoming years, meaning we are likely to see increased competition but also new opportunities for growth and collaboration,” he added.
It is important to know where the opportunities exist and who your competitors or potential collaborators are; that is why the NNFCC – The UK’s National Centre for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and Materials – have put together the UK Biorenewables Landscape Map. The map is free to all and illustrates the operational bioenergy, biogas, biofuels, starch, sugar and biopolymer facilities in the UK; providing an excellent resource to those who want to be kept abreast of the latest developments in the sector.
More comprehensive information on the facilities, including their production capacity, the feedstocks they use and contact details are provided exclusively to NNFCC members here.
Source: NNFCC, 2012-01-17.