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WHA responds to Committee on Climate Change Net Zero report


T


he Committee on Climate Change has published its report recommending government set a net zero


emission target by 2050. In particular it highlights the importance of setting strong ambitions to totally decarbonise heat by 2050. Heat accounts for around a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Decarbonising heat will only be achieved if we rapidly scale up the deployment of proven renewable heat technologies. In particular, this should include the use of modern clean-burning biomass heating systems – a technology which is ready to deploy today and constitutes the largest source of low carbon heat across the


rest of Europe.


Today’s recommendations build on the CCC’s report from last year Biomass in a Low Carbon Economy, which highlighted the contribution that biomass can make towards decarbonising our energy system. A vibrant biomass heat sector brings additional landscape, economic and climate benefits and supports the UK’s forest and land carbon stores by encouraging sustainable woodland management and increased levels of tree planting. In addition, the sector increases the supply of other forms of sustainably grown biomass from UK sources.


Neil Harrison Chair of the Wood Heat Association commented: “The CCC today once again


highlights to Government that decarbonising heat in the UK remains one of the biggest challenges we face, with around one third of our carbon emissions coming from heat alone. “We cannot continue to kick the


climate can down the road, and the lack of adequate policies has held back UK efforts to decarbonise this critical part of its energy system for too long.


“There are no silver bullets for decarbonising heat, which has always been the least visible of the UK’s emission reduction efforts, and we need a range of proven technologies and approaches if we are to ensure a low carbon, low cost and sustainable way of heating our homes, businesses


Neste: Finland to join Nordic forefront in reducing emissions in aviation


Finland’s incoming government has today introduced its Government Programme which includes ambitious climate targets and a goal for carbon neutral Finland in 2035. As part of reducing transport-related emissions, the share of biofuels in aviation is targeted at 30% through a blending obligation. “This is a significant goal, enabling


Finland to join the forerunners in reducing emissions in aviation. Air traffic is predicted to double during the next 15 years. The aviation industry has committed to carbon neutral growth starting from 2020 all while reducing net carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. Currently, renewable jet fuel offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering aircrafts”, says Ilkka Räsänen, Director, Public Affairs at Neste. The Norwegian government’s


target is to increase the share of renewable fuels in aviation to 30% by 2030. As a first step, a law was passed this spring obligating aviation fuel suppliers to blend at least 0.5%


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of biofuel into their products starting from 2020. Similarly in Sweden, a report was


published at the beginning of March earlier this year. It aims to concretize the target in the government agreement to increase the share of biofuels in aviation. The report proposes an obligation for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction level would be 0.8% in 2021, and gradually increase to 27% in 2030. “From Finland’s point of view it is


great that our neighbouring countries have already considered concrete ways to reduce emissions in aviation. It is important to start discussions as soon as possible about how the


target can be achieved, concretely in order for all parties to have sufficient time to prepare for changes”, says Räsänen. Neste produces Neste MY


Renewable Jet Fuel™ from waste and residues, and aims to grow its production capacity in the following years. The Government Programme also


includes various other means for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Neste is satisfied with the ambition level as well as the diversity of options for reducing emissions. The target is a 50% reduction in traffic emissions by 2030. Sustainably produced renewable fuels will play a vital role in achieving these targets.


and public spaces.


We welcome the CCC’s recommendation for stronger ambitions and setting a target for Net Zero by 2050. This will only be achieved if we act today and make the most of established renewable heat technologies. Biomass heat has a key role to play in delivering immediate carbon savings if the UK is going to realistically meet these tighter targets.”


Enva launches new wood website


Enva has launched a new wood recycling website - enva.com/wood, which combines all its waste wood expertise on one site. The launch marks the culmination of months of work to consolidate Hadfield Wood Recyclers into Enva’s existing wood recycling business, making it one of the largest wood recycling operations in the UK. The launch of the site also coincides


with some exciting activities for Enva wood recycling, including the forthcoming Letsrecycle Live show later this month, where they will be exhibiting and sponsoring the cafe and networking area. They’re also sponsoring the Awards for Excellence in London this week and the National Recycling Awards in June. The new site contains all the


information customers need about Enva’s waste wood services, its sites, the materials it can take and the products it makes. It will continue to be updated and added to over the coming months. More information contact Gayle Whitaker on 07766 701479 or email gayle@mcpheeassociates.co.uk


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