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Members' business: Sustainable biomass

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant lead a debate on sustainable biomass on 16 January 2013.

In her motion Ms Grant welcomes the Scottish government's stated intention that sustainable biomass should be recognised as a limited resource and that it should be used at an appropriate scale and primarily for heat and high-efficiency combined heat and power.

Ms Grant's motion said that the EU renewable energy directive calls for a minimum efficiency rating of 70% for industrial applications.

She has shown concern in the wood processing industry throughout Scotland and particularly in the Highlands and Islands regarding wood supply and understands that wood products provide a carbon store.

The Labour MSP looks forward to the outcome of the Scottish government's supplementary consultation on the Renewables Obligations Banding Review, for which the deadline for views on the proposals on biomass sustainability criteria was 11 January 2013.

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