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Kwasi Kwarteng says bringing wood pellets across world isn't sustainable in contradiction of policy

Added 08-12-22 12:36:03am EST - “Biomass - burning organic matter such as the wood pellets to make energy - is classed as 'renewable' because the trees used are replaced.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Kwasi Kwarteng says bringing wood pellets isn't sustainable”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Leaked recordings reveal Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng thinks importing US-made wood pellets to be burnt by power company Drax 'doesn't make sense' – apparently contradicting the Government's official line.

Biomass – burning organic matter such as the wood pellets to make energy – is classed as 'renewable' because the trees used are replaced.

However, this is controversial because the Drax power plant in Yorkshire is the UK's biggest emitter of CO2 – and the replacement trees can take 100 years to grow.

Mr Kwarteng, seemingly contradicting the official line on biomass, said: 'There's no point getting [wood pellets] from Louisiana... that isn't sustainable.'

He added that shipping pellets sourced by Drax in the US has 'a huge cost financially and environmentally... [it] doesn't make any sense to me at all'.

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