If good practice is followed and biomass power projects are implemented properly they could deliver cheaper, environmentally-friendly electricity, it has been claimed.
According to a new report by the Environment Agency titled 'Biomass carbon sink or carbon sinner?', the renewable energy source could also play a "key role" in reducing the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.
Tony Grayling the Environment Agency's head of climate change and sustainable development, said: "The biomass heat and power sector can play an important role in helping the UK meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas commitments."
"We want to ensure the sector's growth is environmentally sustainable," he added.
The Environment Agency claims that at best biomass can deliver 98 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than coal, but if high standards are not met biomass could be more polluting than natural gas.
According to the Biomass Energy Centre, as renewable biomass energy sources can be grown locally, cheaper transport bills significantly reduce the cost of energy generation.
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