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Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made in defining its biomass sustainability criteria. (308252)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: The Government’s approach to defining sustainability criteria for biomass is set out in the UK Renewable Energy Strategy, launched in July.

We are awaiting the European Commission’s report on the requirement for a sustainability scheme for solid and gaseous biomass used for heat and electricity, which was due by 31 December 2009. This report will be accompanied, where appropriate, with proposals to the European Parliament and Council.

We will then consider this report and its implications for introducing sustainability criteria for the biomass used for heat and electricity in the UK.