DECC is considering launching a competition - in collaboration with UK wetland managers - to encourage the use of biomass arisings from ongoing wetland management activities for bio-energy.
Land management is important for habitat conservation purposes, but is labour intensive and gives rise to a large amount of waste biomass eg reeds, rushes, grasses and fen. By developing an efficient process for harvesting and conversion of biomass arisings into bio-energy DECC aim to address the requirement for increased provision of sustainable bio-energy feed-stocks whilst avoiding conflicts with land use change and food production activities.
At this stage DECC is exploring:
the extent of industry / academia interest in the prospective competition
details on the markets current capability to deliver the requirement
any additional capability that can be offered
any further relevant feedback on the requirement that will ensure a successful outcome
Expressions of Interest received by the 20th September will be invited to a briefing event hosted by DECC later in the year.
For further information, and to submit a response, click here to download the document: