Monitoring and Reporting Biomass in Installations: An Update

The UK ETS Authority has recently outlined the specific evidence that operators are required to provide in order for them to report bioliquids as zero emissions.

While the use of bioliquids is an effective way of reducing an installations greenhouse gas emissions, the bioliquid must meet the relevant sustainability criteria for the installation to apply an emission factor of zero in their UK ETS annual emission report.

There are two sustainability criteria:

Firstly, land use: where was the biomass sourced?.

Bioliquids produced from waste and residues, other than agricultural, aquaculture, fisheries and forestry residues, do not have to demonstrate compliance with the land use criteria as it is assumed they already comply.

Secondly, Greenhouse gas emission savings which account for the life cycle of the greenhouse gas emissions of the biomass.

In order for the operator to report all bioliquid as zero emissions, they must be able to produce the following certified information:

  • Source stream (fuel types or type of material)
  • Date of issue
  • Place and date of supply
  • Information on the supplier
  • Information on the extent of the full value chain
  • Availability of each batch
  • Validity of the certificate and date of issuance
  • Quantities of bioliquid
  • Relevant sustainability and GHG saving criteria


Certificates provided must be relevant to stationary combustion units, therefore Renewable Fuel Transport Obligation certificates and Renewable Fuels Assurance Scheme certificates (for example) cannot be accepted as they are intended for use with transport vehicles and mobile plant, which are not covered by UK ETS.


For more information on monitoring and reporting biomass, click here.

If you have any questions on the information provided within this update, please contact us.

Rebecca Scarratt

Carbon Consultant

Rebecca Scarratt

Carbon Consultant

Rebecca has joined the Swan Energy team in 2021. She graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Geology with Physical Geography in 2020 and went on to do a MSc in Renewable Energy. Her Masters’ thesis focused on how future climate change may impact the Humber region’s wind energy sector and how adaptation strategies could be used to reduce vulnerability.

In her role at Swan Energy, Rebecca supports the consultancy work the team does with clients across the UK.