Date lodged: 5 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on increasing the level of forestry co-product harvesting, and what the resultant increase in bioresource feedstock has been.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 12 March 2019
Forest Research undertakes research on the impacts of forestry co-product harvesting, such as brash removal and has published guidance to aid site selection for suitable operations. This guidance can be found at the following website: https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/biomass-energy-resources/fuel/woodfuel-production-and-supply/woodfuel-production/producing-biomass-fuels-from-forestry/ .
The Scottish Government relies on data produced by The Forest Research Agency, which is responsible for collecting definitive data for the GB forestry sector. This data does not currently include data on forestry co-product harvesting.