ETI: Survey reveals public support for bioenergy in the UK

By Erin Voegele | December 13, 2016

A recent survey found strong public support for the production of bioenergy in the U.K., from both biomass and waste. Approximately 80 percent of respondents were in favor of bioenergy playing a bigger role in the country’s energy mix.

The survey, commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute and carried out by YouGov, questioned more than 5,300 adults in Great Britain.

Of those surveyed, 74 percent indicated support for the production of bioenergy from biomass, with 81 percent stating support for the production of bioenergy from waste. According to information released by the ETI, bioenergy currently makes up 73 percent of the U.K.’s renewables resources and 59 percent of the renewable energy produced in the U.K.

The survey also revealed that the public would be comfortable with a mix of imported and domestic biomass feedstocks as long as imported biomass is used in addition to, rather than instead of, domestic resources.

In addition, approximately one-third of respondents reported concern over biomass competing with other land uses, such as food production. However, the ETI noted it has completed case studies showing that biomass production and food production can complement one another.

Additional information is available on the ETI website