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INDUSTRY NEWS New ETI bioenergy project T

he Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has appointed energy consultancy Baringa

Partners to lead a new ETI bioenergy project, alongside Ecofys and LLamasoft, examining the future of biomass logistics in the UK.

Utilising LLamasoft’s supply chain design software, Supply Chain Guru, the six-month project will model the logistics requirements of future bioenergy energy scenarios, identifying commonalities and differences across the different scenarios, highlighting potentially key decision points and actions required to ensure logistics infrastructure in the UK can support a growing bioenergy sector.

The project team will start by reviewing the current status of biomass logistics infrastructure in the UK and how it has developed, whilst also identifying and drawing on lessons that can be learnt from the development of logistics networks in other relevant sectors such as oil, coal and other commodities.

The future bioenergy scenarios will represent a range of future options to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on logistics infrastructure development. Andrew Thomas, ETI Bioenergy Project Manager, said: “ETI’s whole energy system analysis shows that bioenergy can play

Andrew Thomas of ETI.

a significant and valuable role in helping the UK meet its 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets cost-effectively, especially when combined with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). John Calder from Baringa Partners responded by saying, “We

are delighted to be extending our long-standing relationship with the ETI on this strategic project to help the UK meet its 2050 GHG emission target. Logistics is a growing area of focus across our Energy Practice as the industry seeks to ensure the supply chain is setup to minimise cost, greenhouse gas emissions and HSE risk and whilst ensuring continuity of supply.

“There are a number of key strategic questions to be addressed around the UK ports, road and rail network, inland and coastal waterways and storage across the supply chain to ensure it is set up to meet the future needs of the biomass sector.”

Sustainability criterion for forest biomass

The European Commission (EC) has released its long- awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and proposed the phase-out of food crop-based biofuels from 2021.

The EC also wants to

simultaneously introduce a sub- mandate for advanced biofuels. It also aims to introduce a new sustainability criterion on forest biomass.

It proposes an obligation on European transport fuel suppliers to provide an increasing share of renewable and low-carbon fuels, including advanced biofuels, renewable transport fuels of non-biological origin (eg hydrogen), waste-based fuels and renewable electricity. The level of this obligation will progressively increase from 1.5% in 2021 (in energy terms) to 6.8 % in 2030, including at least 3.6% of advanced biofuels. Preferential rules will apply to advanced aviation fuels in order to support their deployment in the sector.


production grows in Latvia

John Calder from Baringa Partners. Gold Award for recycling firm

A RoSPA Gold Award for Health and Safety has been awarded to Hadfield Wood Recyclers.

The company, which last year celebrated its 35th anniversary, was presented with the award at a ceremony run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Geoff Hadfield, Managing

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Director of Hadfield Wood Recyclers, exclaimed: “I was delighted to achieve this award. It is a true reflection of all the hard work put in by our management team and employees over the past four years.

“In particular, I am incredibly proud that we have reached this level in an industry in which we,

as a company, constantly strive to set high standards.” The RoSPA scheme is open to businesses and organisations from across the UK and overseas. Judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

According to official statistics from Latvia’s Central Statistical Bureau (CSM), the country has boosted its biofuel production over the past decade.

CSM reports that Latvia has seen its production increase nearly 20 times in the past decade, whilst 2015 consumption compared to the previous year was 203% higher.

In 2015, the volume of wood pellets produced grew by 14.1 % compared to 2014 and the volume of wood chips produced went up by 8.4%. Exports of wood pellets also expanded by 20.4 %.

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