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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21431: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much bio-waste it expects to be utilised in biorefining by 2021, and whether it will set a target for a minimum quantity of bio-waste arising to be used by industry.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 4 March 2019

The Biorefining Potential for Scotland report published in 2017 by Zero Waste Scotland highlights the scale of the opportunity for the Scottish biorefinery sector.

There are at least 27 million tonnes of bioresources arising every year in Scotland which could be turned into high value chemicals, biofuels and other renewable products across many industries.

The largest current use of Scotland’s “waste” biomass is for anaerobic digestion into “bio-gas”, a natural gas alternative, which was calculated to have a value of around £60 million in 2015. The second largest current use of “waste” bio-mass is the bio-diesel plant run by Argent Energy with an estimated 2015 sales value of £26 million. Other potential opportunities are in development.