§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what factors were taken into account in deciding to classify peat as a renewable resource for its review of renewable energy sources.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
While peat is not a renewable energy source, it is generally considered as an alternative fuel under the generic title Biofuels.
Within our Biofuels research, development and demonstration programme we are carrying out a limited study on peat as a fuel which is due to be completed this year. The objectives of the work are to examine the characteristics of a range of Scottish peats and also the suitability of several combustion appliances for coal, when used with peat. In addition, my Department is currently considering its future policy towards peat as a fuel in consultation with other interested Departments.