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Since the adoption of the London Plan and its associated energy strategy in February 2004 the Mayor has required applications referred to him to incorporate renewable energy technologies. Biomass, which includes woodfuel, is a key technology, and often the most economic one, for meeting this onsite renewable demand As the revised London Plan contains a 20% carbon reduction target, there is likely to be an increased uptake in renewable energy, and of biomass in particular.

Although there is considerable biomass supply in London, and in the surrounding area, unless there is a sophisticated supply chain to process and supply the wood, operators of biomass systems may find it easier to use dedicated suppliers from outside of London and even abroad. The Forestry Commission is working with partners to promote supply lines and in particular the development of timber stations within London to collect and process material.