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Refining Estimates of Land for Biomass - D11 Route map to 1.4M ha of bioenergy crops


Citation Wynn, S., Alves, L. and Carter, R. Refining Estimates of Land for Biomass - D11 Route map to 1.4M ha of bioenergy crops, ETI, 2016. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000261.
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Author(s) Wynn, S., Alves, L. and Carter, R.
Project partner(s) ADAS, E4tech, RDI Associates, Crops for Energy, Imperial College Consultants
Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000261
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Associated Project(s) ETI-BI2012: Refining Estimates of Land for Biomass
Associated Dataset(s) No associated datasets
Abstract This report is an addition to the original RELB scope. It’s aim is to provide an indication of the land potentially available for future bioenergy crop cultivation. This report identifies 1.0-1.8 Mha of land potentially available for conversion to bioenergy, of which the two largest contributors are utilising the area of surplus arable crops (314,000-494,000 ha) and improved utilisation of grassland (350,000-700,000 ha). The range in values represents the uncertainty around figures, with the lower value representing a more conservative view of the potential area that could become available, whilst the higher area represents the potential area available for conversion if the market drivers are sufficient to convert all identified available land to bioenergy production. The report categorises potential areas based on whether they could be made available in the short, medium or longterm