Develop a sustainable biomass strategy
Develop the data collection and a strategy for the sustainable use of biomass in materials and energy production.
Biomass is supposed to replace less sustainable materials in construction, plastics in almost every application and fossil fuels in electricity generation. While we need to use more timber in construction, substituting concrete and steel, we need a strategy for sustainable biomass to ensure that increased demands for biomass do not result in habitat destruction and biodiversity loss, and decisions are based on sound carbon accounting.
Biomass is a key, often overlooked, part of the circular economy – and the Scottish Government should commit to setting sustainable biomass targets when data becomes available.
For further information:
- Policy Paper for Scotland Circular Economy Bill, Circular Communities Scotland, May 2022, https://www.circularcommunities.scot/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Scotlands-Circular-Economy-Bill-Policy-Paper.pdf
- Call for a Strong Circular Economy Bill for Scotland, Scottish Environment LINK, 2022 https://www.scotlink.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/CE-Bill-call-for-April-2022-FINAL-1.pdf