"A wide variety of organic material such as wood, straw, dedicated energy stock, sewage sludge and animal litter for the generation of heat electricity or motive power"
The use of biomass, in this case wood, to generate clean energy came to the fore here in Wrecsam on Friday with a protest by workers and management at the Kronospan Wood Panel plant in Chirk on Friday. The protest concerned the fact that government subsidies for the use of 'virgin wood' as a biomass fuel was creating a shortage and artificially increasing prices.
I was always under the impression that 'wood burning' as a biomass fuel was waste wood, end of life wood or recycled wood and not 'virgin wood'. What is clear from what Kronospan executives are saying is that the use of 'virgin wood' is not sustainable as wood is not being replaced at the same rate as it is being used thus causing shortages and higher prices to wood manufacturers because of subsidies to the biomass industry.
There is a need to urgently look at the subsidy system for biomass otherwise there is a danger of placing wood manufacturing jobs at risk and we cannot afford to lose 600 well paid jobs in Wrecsam... over to you Jane Davidson!