Tuesday 10 July 2012, 2 – 4pm Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

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Bioenergy is the use of renewable natural material for electricity, heat and liquid fuels. Currently, the UK sources approximately 3% of its primary energy from bioenergy feedstocks. Its relative cost-effectiveness compared with other renewable technologies makes it an attractive option for contributing towards the delivery of renewable energy targets, such as those set by the EU Renewable Energy Directive. However, growth of bioenergy both in the UK and abroad is reliant on the availability of affordable, sustainably-sourced biomass, as well as the development and uptake of second generation technologies. Sustainable approaches to producing bioenergy on existing cropland include using waste, by-products and dedicated energy crops. Intensification of agriculture and changes to forestry practice can also yield the necessary biomass, but may have negative impacts if not appropriately regulated to ensure sustainability, such as a net gain in greenhouse gas emissions from land use change. This seminar will look at developments in the recent science behind sustainability criteria and consider the opportunities and challenges anticipated as bioenergy markets and technologies grow. A brief summary of the event can be found here (PDF PDF 101 KB), and the presentations can be accessed from the links below along with audio and links are given for a films of the presentations  available on the Parliamentary you tube channel. 


2pm Chair’s Welcome
Lord Oxburgh - AudioFilm

2.10pm Presentations

Jo Howes
Strategy and Emerging Issues Adviser, BP Biofuels - AudioFilm

Caroline Season
Senior Policy Adviser, Bioenergy, Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) - Audio Pt1, Audio Pt2, Film

Hugh Whitall 
Director of Nuffield Council on Bioethics - Audio Pt1, Audio Pt2, Film

Ian Tubby
Principal Adviser, Business & Markets, Forest Services, Forestry Commission, England - Audio, Film

3.10pm Discussion - Audio
3.30pm Chair’s closing remarks - Audio