DECC publishes Redpoint Bioenergy report

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published a comprehensive report examining the most appropriate uses of bioenergy to help meet the UK’s targets for renewable energy and climate change. 

The report by Redpoint Energy, the specialist energy consultancy which has recently merged with management consultancy Baringa Partners, is entitled ‘Assessment of the appropriate uses of bioenergy feedstocks in the UK energy market’ and was jointly commissioned by DECC in support of its ‘Bioenergy Strategy’ and the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which published its ‘Bioenergy Review’ in December last year.

As part of the extensive research and analysis undertaken for the report, Redpoint Energy developed a sophisticated dynamic optimisation model able to examine all of the possible trade-offs for bioenergy use across the energy system – including power, transport, buildings, industry and other conversion. The model also considered the implications of bioenergy lifecycle emissions and competing non-energy uses for biomass feedstocks. 

Redpoint Energy’s study has helped to establish a broad hierarchy for appropriate uses of bioenergy and, in particular, highlighted the importance of using bioenergy in conjunction with CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) to meet the UK’s climate change targets.

DECC’s bioenergy strategy also draws on additional analysis enabled by the Energy System Modelling Environment (ESME), developed under the auspices of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). Redpoint Energy has led the development of ETI’s ESME for the ETI since the model was conceived and continues to play a key role in its ongoing development and application.