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Carbon Emissions: Barnsley

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the reductions in carbon dioxide emissions achieved by Barnsley Metropolitan borough council through pilot trials of burning wood pellets in fossil fuel appliances. (258276)

The reports submitted by Barnsley metropolitan borough council to the Department do not provide sufficient quantifiable evidence to enable a review of the potential carbon savings which the pilot trials may have achieved. I understand the trials were primarily concerned with assessing the feasibility of using wood pellets as fuel in boilers originally designed to use coal.