The Biomass Study Task Force, commissioned by Defra and DTI, today published a report with its emerging findings.

The task force, headed by Sir Ben Gill, was set up in October 2004 to help Government and industry maximise the contribution of biomass towards renewable energy targets while supporting sustainable farming, forestry and the rural economy. Its final report is due in October.

Lord Bach, Minister for Sustainable Farming, said: "The Task Force has worked hard to produce this report and I am grateful to Sir Ben and his team. I look forward to receiving the final report in the autumn."