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S5W-07366: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made or commissioned regarding the availability of raw materials for anaerobic digestion and other renewable technologies, and the impact that these additional demands will have on feed stocks for the livestock sector.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 8 March 2017

Bioenergy can bring a range of benefits as a renewable energy. In our draft Energy Strategy we commit to the development of a whole-system Bioenergy action plan, through this we will work collectively across Scottish Government to focus on the best use of our resources to decarbonise our system at least cost to everyone.

We are working with the Scottish Tenant Farmers’ Association to commission research into the use of distillery by-products use for renewable energy, and we expect a final report in the summer. Through the action plan we will assess if further research into the feedstock for biotechnologies is required in order to ensure the development of bioenergy is sustainable.