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Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likely impact of exempting tallow from the EU definition of biomass. (82872)

The EU has defined biomass as

“the biodegradable fraction of products, wastes and residues from agriculture (including vegetal and animal substances), forestry and related industries, as well as the biodegradable fraction of industrial and municipal waste...”.

As a form of animal substance, tallow is not exempt from the EU’s definition of biomass and we are not aware of proposals to make it so. No such assessment has therefore been made.