Scotland’s Forest Biomass to Help Combat Climate Change

Scotland’s forests and woodlands will soon play a greater part in tackling climate change. Ambitious emission-saving targets for the forestry sector will be set for the first time to help reduce global warming. Scotland’s Forestry Minister Rhona Brankin made this announcement to the Parliament.

Brankin also announced a commitment to develop Scotland’s first Biomass Action Plan, which will increase wood- and crops-generating energy, thus reducing the amount of polluting fossil fuels in use. “Climate change is the biggest environmental threat we face today,” Brankin said. “Our forests can make a significant contribution to reducing Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions and help us meet our global responsibilities. At a local level, forests can help us adapt to the impacts of climate change and protect communities.” The forestry target will be announced in the forthcoming revised Scottish Climate Change Program, to be published Spring 2006, which will also set out the route map for the development of a national Biomass Action Plan. “Our commitment to tap into Scotland’s huge wood fuel resource and develop a vibrant market for energy crops will help local communities across the country meet their daily energy needs while reducing their environmental footprint and will provide green jobs in those communities.” The Executive is committed to having 18 percent of electricity generated in Scotland from a range of renewable sources — including biomass — by 2010, rising to 40 percent by 2020.
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