Including biomass boilers and green gas, the REA says bioenergy provides 96% of non-domestic renewable heat in the UK and meets 7.4% of the country’s total energy needs.
It expects the sector will replace £21 billion worth of fossil fuels and support 46,000 jobs throughout the UK in the future.
The REA has called on Ministers to renew long-term plans for the sector, fill gaps in policy and regulations, extend support mechanisms and support future projects.
REA CEO Dr Nina Skorupska said: “Whilst wind and solar rightly get huge credit for their achievements, bioenergy is the little-known leader in British renewables. It offers diverse sources of energy that fuel British transport, heat and electricity – as well as boosting British industry.
“I ask government to take note as we need a clearer ambition from Ministers for this important sector. They promised to provide it, yet that’s two years overdue. Time for action.”