UK biomass sector continues its rapid development as country tries to switch away from fossil fuels. Biomass should together with offshore wind energy play major role in delivering Britain’s 2020 renewable energy targets.
Not only that, biomass sector should provide plenty of new jobs. In fact, according to the latest report by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change biomass sector could provide up to 50.000 jobs by 2020. The UK biomass industry currently creates only around 2,000 jobs.
The majority of jobs are expected to be in construction and engineering but U.K. government also expects at least 20,000 permanent biomass jobs by 2020.
The reports also points to other employment opportunities in the UK biomass supply sector; such as feedstock production, harvesting, processing and haulage.
The UK economy looks very likely to benefit from biomass as biomass sector will no doubt open many new business opportunities for thousands of people.
On the other hand, there is still a large number of environmentalists in Britain who believe that going for more biomass energy may not be the best possible renewable energy idea. They say that biomass is connected with significant carbon emissions and also point out that increased biomass production would be in major contradiction with sustainable management of UK's forests.