Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will
assess the potential effects on carbon dioxide emissions of the
commercial development and use of aircraft biofuels and biofuel jet
fuel blends; and if he will make a statement.
Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 18 July 2011, c677W)
Theresa Villiers (Minister of State (Rail and Aviation), Transport;
Chipping Barnet, Conservative)
I have been asked to reply.
The Government believes that sustainable biofuels have a role to play
in reducing CO2 emissions from transport, particularly in sectors such
as aviation where there are limited alternatives to fossil fuel.
The Government are also working towards a co-ordinated, evidence-based
bioenergy strategy, including an analysis of the best use of available
biomass resources, and will soon be publishing an assessment of the
costs and carbon reduction potential of biofuel use in aviation.
As part of our development of a Sustainable Policy Framework for UK
Aviation, the Department for Transport published a scoping document on
30 March 2011 that frames the debate on the future direction of
aviation policy and asks a series of questions, including on use of
biofuels in aviation. The responses to the scoping document will help
to inform the development of a draft Framework, which we intend to
publish for full public consultation in March 2012.
Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour)
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord
Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the
project "Improving short rotation coppice through breeding and
genomics"; and for what reason.
Hansard source (Citation: HL Deb, 18 July 2011, c236W)
Lord Henley (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs; Conservative)
Defra funded project NF0424 to establish a breeding programme for
short rotation coppice willow led by Rothamsted Research. This was
necessary because there was no market to support a breeding programme,
and low yields were one of the causes of low commercial viability of
this dedicated biomass crop, which in previous trials demonstrated
good adaptation across the UK.
Work at Rothamsted delivered breeding tools and improved varieties
over five years. Defra indicated that at the end of this period the
research providers should seek joint funding from industry to continue
the work. The contract variation was a six-month paid extension agreed
with Rothamsted to provide more time for developing a project with
industrial partners. However, this did not come into fruition.
Rothamsted is pursuing genetic improvement of short rotation coppice
willow through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research
Council's Sustainable Bioenergy Centre.
[National Policy Statements (Energy)].
The renewables NPS—EN-3—addresses sustainability of biomass, how waste
incineration plants fit into the statutory waste hierarchy by using
waste that would otherwise go to landfill, and specific impacts of
onshore and offshore wind farms, including visual impacts, noise from
onshore wind farms and collision risks for birds and bats.
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