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The public are urged to discuss bioenergy, a renewable energy source.  

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Public urged to have a say in developing bioenergy policy and priorities

Local people are invited to the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) on Thursday 18 July to join researchers and the BBSRC (the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) in an interactive session to help determine the future of bioenergy policy in the UK.

Burning non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. Bioenergy is a renewable energy made from organic matter and has the potential to be a more sustainable solution. However, there are concerns associated with bioenergy such as the impact on biodiversity, farmers and the economy.

The public event, which takes place at the ESI on the Cornwall Campus on Thursday 18 July from 17:00 - 19:30, will provide an opportunity for people to discuss the future of bioenergy, and will address their concerns, hopes and expectations. All views will be collected and considered to inform the BBSRC’s future strategy in bioenergy. 

You don’t need prior knowledge of bioenergy to attend but as places are limited please register here or for more information about the event please email Alex Huke, ESI Knowledge Exchange Manager.

The ESI is working with businesses and enterprises across all sectors of the economy in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and beyond to translate research and expertise into innovative business practices, products and services in order to respond to the challenges of environmental change. It has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme (£22.9M) and the South West Regional Development Agency (£6.6M), with significant support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Date: 5 July 2013

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