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An ETI Perspective - Increasing UK biomass production through more productive use of land


Citation ETI An ETI Perspective - Increasing UK biomass production through more productive use of land, ETI, 2017. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000048.
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Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000048
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Abstract
  • UK-grown biomass can deliver genuine, system-level, greenhouse gas savings.
  • Planting around 1.4 Mha of second generation (non-food) bioenergy crops, such as Miscanthus, Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) willow and Short Rotation Forestry (SRF), by the 2050s would make a signifi cant contribution to delivering a cost-effective, low carbon energy system. This is equivalent to ~7.5% of the total agricultural area of the UK.
  • Steadily increasing the area of bioenergy crops in the UK (averaging around 30-35 kha/yr of new planting out to the 2050s) would allow the sector to ‘learn by doing’ and develop best practices, as well as monitor and manage impacts on other markets and the wider environment.
  • Delivering a substantial energy crops sector whilst balancing the demand for land from other sectors will require an increase in land productivity and a reduction in food waste throughout the supply chain.
  • The market for second generation energy crops is nascent.
  • As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, there is an opportunity to restructure farming support in a way which provides long-term clarity and support to farmers and encourages the sustainable growth of the UK biomass sector
Associated Project(s) ETI-BI2012: Refining Estimates of Land for Biomass
Associated Dataset(s) No associated datasets
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