Draft Bioenergy Policy Statement: Consultation

Closed 12 Jun 2024

Opened 20 Mar 2024


Bioenergy is already a key component of our energy system and contributes to a more circular economy, by turning wastes into valuable resources which can be used for electricity and heat production or to displace fossil fuels in our gas network and transport systems.

With the impacts of climate change becoming ever more acute, it is essential that we meet our ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2045. The Scottish Government's draft Bioenergy Policy Statement (link below) signals what the Scottish Government see as the short, medium and long term role for bioenergy in helping to deliver that transition to net zero.

The bioenergy technologies that we describe in the policy statement all require a sustainable supply of feedstock. Further development of a thriving and homegrown market for domestic production of bioenergy feedstock could provide opportunities for rural communities whilst providing a secure and sustainable supply.

Read the consultation paper. The consultation paper contains full background information for this consultation. You may find it useful to read or refer to while responding.

Useful information about responding to this consultation

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Why your views matter

Consultation is an essential part of the policymaking process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.

We are seeking views on the priorities and principles for use of bioenergy which we have set out in the draft statement. We want to see the resources which are available to the bioenergy sector being used where they can best support Scotland’s journey towards net zero. This means that use of bioresources need to be prioritised to where they can be most effective in reducing emissions and where there is greatest need for alternatives to fossil fuels.

We are also seeking views on the potential to scale up domestic biomass production. Scaling up our domestic biomass supply chain could provide security of supply, greater supply chain transparency and accuracy of lifecycle emissions calculations, as well as ensuring we do not have an overreliance on imported biomass.

Bioenergy is a diverse sector and stakeholders may only have an interest in certain questions. You’re encouraged to answer the questions you’d like to respond to, but you don’t have to respond to all of them.

What happens next

The Scottish Government will review responses to the consultation and the issues raised during engagement with stakeholders to inform development of the final version of the Bioenergy Policy Statement.   We will publish a report of our analysis of consultation responses.


  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Farming and Rural
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