It’s heartening to see that biomass, along with wind power, is being recognised nationally as a major contributor to offsetting Scotland’s carbon emissions.
Answering a Westminster Parliamentary Question last month, Energy Minister Michael Fallon confirmed that renewable energy in Scotland displaced 10.3MT CO2 in 2012, helping to displace almost all of the emissions generated by its road and rail transport sectors and a 24 per cent increase compared to 2011.
Fuel store for biomass boiler at Pluscarden Abbey, an HWEnergy installation.
Across the UK, renewable energy displaced 29 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere last year, an increase of nearly 38 per cent since 2011, the figures showed.
Niall Stuart, chief executive of trade association Scottish Renewables, said 10 million tonnes of CO2 was the equivalent of around 99 per cent of carbon emissions generated by road and rail transport in Scotland.
With HWEnergy’s client base for biomass heating stretching across the education, health, commercial and rural sectors it’s good to know that we play a significant part in helping to reduce those emissions.