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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Polish Presidency promotes biomass production

During a conference of agricultural experts in Poland on 16 July, the Polish presidency outlined its plan to push more strongly for agricultural biomass production to generate electricity. It is intended for biofuels and biogas, but also to give farmers additional revenue and to advance towards the EU’s climate commitments. Poland is planning to introduce biomass into the CAP and into the cohesion policy that is awaiting reform shortly. Not all member states took the same line, leaving a list of undecided issues for the Agriculture Council held on 19 July.

The presidency’s plans foresee that biomass production be implemented locally. “We think that renewable energy in general must not be developed on the model of the large energy industries. Small local investors should be given precedence," Kazimierz Zmuda, deputy director of the Agricultural Markets Department of Poland's Agriculture Ministry, was quoted as saying by Europolitics. He added that the “import and even intra-European transport of biomass over more than 50 km is not the right approach.” Where possible, biomass should be produced locally.

Source: CTA/Europolitics