Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. generators which burn biomass will have to meet new sustainability and greenhouse gas rules from 2015, the Department of Eenrgy and Climate Change said today in an e-mailed statement.
Power stations that burn plant material will have to prove they achieve greenhouse gas reductions of 72 percent from the average emissions of European fossil fuel-fired plants by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025, the department said. The rules apply to generators with a capacity of 1 megawatt or higher.
The regulations include provisions for sustainable harvesting of trees by generators, protection of wildlife and plants and respect for the land rights of indigenous people, the department said. They’re designed to ensure the source of 38 percent of Britain’s renewable energy doesn’t cause wider damage to the environemnt or lead to increased emissions through shipping and deforestation.