It is encouraging for the future of our sustainable low carbon economy that one of the first pieces of legislation to be enacted following the Brexit result was the implementation of the UKs 5th Carbon Budget (June 30th 2016). This has seen the UK government accept the recommendation of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and legislate for a significant reduction in carbon emissions for the period out to 2032. This Carbon Budget sets the overall framework within which UK energy policy will act for the coming decade and emphasises that the future is low carbon. In the short term this transition will be driven by incentives like the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI); in the medium term it will likely be driven by legislation. Our view remains that it is best to take advantage of the incentives while they are available.
Uptake for new biomass projects remains strong with many clients focusing on ensuring projects are completed before April 2017 when proposed reforms to the RHI scheme will take affect. If you have any interest in progressing a project then please contact us sooner rather than later to discuss taking it forward.