The project will identify commonalities and differences, key decisions and actions required to support the bioenergy sector to 2050. It will also identify and draw on lessons learned from the development of other relevant commodity sectors. Baringa Partners will lead the project alongside Ecofys and LLamasoft, examining the future of biomass logistics in the UK.
The project will utilise LLamasoft’s supply chain design software, Supply Chain Guru. It will commence with a review of the current status of biomass logistics infrastructure in the UK and how it has developed, while also identifying and drawing on lessons that can be learnt from the development of logistics networks in other relevant sectors such as oil, coal and other commodities. The future bioenergy scenarios will represent a range of future options, to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on logistics infrastructure development.
“Logistics is a growing areas of focus across our Energy Practice as the industry seeks to ensure the supply chain is setup to minimise cost, greenhouse gas emissions and HSE risk and ensure continuity of supply” said John Calder from Baringa Partners. “We are delighted to be extending our long-standing relationship with the ETI, on this strategic project to help the UK meet its 2050 GHG emission target. There are a number of key strategic questions to be addressed around the UK ports, road and rail network, inland and coastal waterways and storage across the supply chain to ensure it is setup to meet the future needs of the Biomass sector.”
ETI’s whole energy system analysis shows that bioenergy can play a significant and valuable role in helping the UK meet its 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets cost-effectively, especially when combined with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
Together they can deliver net negative emissions of around 55 million tonnes a year, and meet around 10 percent of UK energy demand in the 2050s, ultimately reducing the cost of meeting the UK’s 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets by more than 1 percent of GDP. In the absence of CCS, bioenergy is still a cost-effective means of decarbonisation and should play an important role in meeting the 2050 emissions target.
Delivering the greatest value from bioenergy depends on the UK’s ability to source and distribute sufficient biomass from sustainable sources, either domestic or imported. While UK sourced biomass offers the greatest energy security and sustainability benefits in the longer-term, sustainably sourced biomass imports will continue to be important.
To ensure that the UK can develop a bioenergy sector that delivers genuine carbon savings, greater understanding is needed of the logistics requirements for both domestic and imported feedstocks, across different future bioenergy scenarios.