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Estimating the supply of biomass from short-rotation coppice in England, given social, economic and environmental constraints to land availability

Estimating the supply of biomass from short-rotation coppice in England, given social, economic and environmental constraints to land availability
Estimating the supply of biomass from short-rotation coppice in England, given social, economic and environmental constraints to land availability
Background: biomass has been identified as an important source of renewable energy. However, growing demand for dedicated energy crops could lead to conflicts with food production and ecosystem services. This study uses a geographic information systems-embedded modeling approach to assess the spatial supply of short-rotation coppice, taking into account social, economic and environmental constraints.

Results: results suggest that 7.5 million tons of biomass (from short-rotation coppice) is realistically available in England. Such production would require 0.8 million ha and could be grown almost entirely on poor quality marginal lands.

Conclusion: we therefore conclude that short-rotation coppice energy crops have the potential to play an important role in meeting UK renewable energy targets without compromising environmental sustainability or food production
1759-7269
719-727
Aylott, Matthew J.
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Casella, Eric
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Farrall, Kate
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Taylor, Gail
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Aylott, Matthew J.
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Casella, Eric
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Farrall, Kate
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Taylor, Gail
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Aylott, Matthew J., Casella, Eric, Farrall, Kate and Taylor, Gail (2010) Estimating the supply of biomass from short-rotation coppice in England, given social, economic and environmental constraints to land availability. Biofuels, 1 (5), 719-727. (doi:10.4155/bfs.10.30).

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Background: biomass has been identified as an important source of renewable energy. However, growing demand for dedicated energy crops could lead to conflicts with food production and ecosystem services. This study uses a geographic information systems-embedded modeling approach to assess the spatial supply of short-rotation coppice, taking into account social, economic and environmental constraints.

Results: results suggest that 7.5 million tons of biomass (from short-rotation coppice) is realistically available in England. Such production would require 0.8 million ha and could be grown almost entirely on poor quality marginal lands.

Conclusion: we therefore conclude that short-rotation coppice energy crops have the potential to play an important role in meeting UK renewable energy targets without compromising environmental sustainability or food production

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Published date: September 2010

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Local EPrints ID: 181589
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/181589
ISSN: 1759-7269
PURE UUID: b24e4cab-ea98-41ee-930c-a3a219288302
ORCID for Gail Taylor: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8470-6390

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Date deposited: 19 Apr 2011 14:01
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:10

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