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Energy: Biomass

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the October 2005 report by the Biomass Task Force, whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will review the benefits accruing from the installation of a wood-chip boiler at its Worcester office.[HL6932]

Yes, we will be reviewing the benefits accruing from the installation of a wood-chip boiler at the Worcester office, as part of our action plan to reduce carbon emissions in line with targets for sustainable operations on the government estate, announced on 12 June.

We are required to reduce carbon emissions by12.5 per cent by 2010-11 and 30 per cent by 2020 (against the baseline year 1999-2000). There is also a target for the central government office estate to be carbon neutral by 2012.

As they use low-carbon technology, wood-chip boilers can make a significant contribution to achieving these targets. We are reviewing the efficiency of the Worcester boiler, in particular the flexibility to burn chips of varying moisture content and size, and plan to take forward the lessons learnt from that installation in considering similar projects at other sites on the Defra estate.