A Northumberland company is playing a major role in an international debate on alternative energy supplies.
Neil Harrison of Alnwick green energy firm re:heat will address the World Bioenergy Conference in Jönköping, Sweden which finishes today, Thursday June 5.
Neil will present a paper on the “Development of the UK Biomass Heat Sector”, drawing on over a decade of experience of championing this renewable energy source.
He joins an eminent line-up of speakers which include Professor Judi Wakhungu, the Minister for Environment, Water, & Natural Resources in Kenya; Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele from the International Panel on Climate Change and Heinz Kopetz, President of the World Bioenergy Association.
Neil, who lives near Alnmouth, said: “It was a privilege to be invited to speak at this globally important event in Sweden, where renewable sources provide over half of the total energy used in the economy and biomass, particularly wood, provides over half of all the heat. Whilst the increased uptake of wood for heating is a trend we’ve seen in the UK in recent years, we have a lot to learn and a long way to go, even though wood and other forms of biomass also produce the largest share of renewable energy in the UK.
“It’s not just an opportunity to share experiences from the UK with a global audience, but also to learn from countries as diverse as Brazil and Sudan, as well as our European neighbours.”