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Bioenergy action plan

The Scottish Government has committed in the Scottish Energy Strategy to engage with stakeholders to develop a bioenergy action plan.

Our activity in this area will be guided by the following principles:

  • Policies to support bioenergy are consistent with the ambitions laid out in the Energy Strategy, and with Scotland’s Climate Change Plan and land use strategy.

  • Bioenergy schemes deliver greenhouse gas emission reductions that help meet Scotland’s climate change targets.

  • Bioenergy schemes represent good value for money, deliver benefits for communities, and help tackle fuel poverty.

  • Biomass is produced and managed in a sustainable way, and should be used in heat-only or combined heat and power schemes to exploit available heat and local supply.

  • Demands on land for food, energy crops and other non-food crops are managed equitably.

We will also be conducting research to improve our understanding of the potential contribution that bioenergy can make to meeting Scottish energy demand.