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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20982: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what strategy it has for the development of anaerobic digestion projects.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 29 January 2019

In Scotland's Energy Strategy, published in December 2017, we commited to developing a Bioenergy Action Plan for Scotland. This will provide clearer scope for the development of bioenergy in the Scottish energy system, including Anaerobic Digestion. Our approach to developing the Action Plan will apply the following guiding principles where:

  • Policies to support bioenergy are consistent with the ambitions laid out in this Strategy, and with Scotland’s Climate Change Plan and Land Use Strategy;
  • Bioenergy schemes deliver greenhouse gas emission reductions that help meet Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets;
  • Bioenergy schemes represent good value for money, deliver benefits for communities, and help tackle fuel poverty;
  • Biomass is produced and managed in a sustainable way, and should be used in heat-only or combined heat and power schemes to exploit available heat and local supply; and
  • Demands on land for food, energy crops and other non-food crops are managed equitably.

We are committed to working with stakeholders to provide a supportive policy framework to aid deployment of anaerobic digestion within the wider development of our Bioenergy Action plan. We intend to publish the Bioenergy Action Plan for consultation in Spring 2019.