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Editor: David Keighley
17th January 2013

The Government is backing bioenergy to play a key role in the UK's future energy mix, pledging £10m towards an EU scheme that aims to encourage development of bioenergy projects and trigger significant private investment in the technology. In addition, seven British entrepreneurs are to share £292,000 funding under Phase One of the DECC's 'biomass to bioenergy' competition.

According to the Government's bioenergy strategy, sustainably sourced bioenergy could make up about 11 per cent of the UK's energy mix by 2020. But ministers recognise that more investment is needed to drive further innovation, and Energy Minister Greg Barker said: "It's great to see that seven organisations have come forward with exciting and innovative ideas to drive this forward."

The pan-European scheme involves seven other EU member states and will inject a total of EUR47m into stimulating bioenery projects, in the hope of attracting up EUR100m of private capital. The UK's contribution is made up of funding from the DECC, the Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Read more about the 'biomass to bioenergy' competition winners.


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