Workshop report published on ‘Land use decision-making for biomass deployment’

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub has published a new report on ‘Land use decision-making for biomass deployment, bridging the gap between national scale targets and field scale decisions’.

The report is the outcome of a workshop attended by 74 participants representing stakeholders from academia, industry (including biomass suppliers, agricultural consultancies, and end-users), NGOs and government (with representation from the England, Scotland and Welsh governments).

Download the full report here: Report _Land use decision making Supergen Bioenergy Hub.

The workshop was led by key members of our Supergen Bioenergy Hub team and attendees contributed comments and recommendation on three questions relating to land suitability, barriers to growth of the sector, and tools needed to support stakeholder decisions around deployment:

  • Where should biomass crops be located and what criteria should be used to identify suitable land?
  • What tools are available or are needed to support landowners and policymakers to identify suitable land at a range of scales (from whole landscape to individual fields)?
  • What are the barriers that could prevent suitable areas being utilised?

Presentations were delivered from experts in the field which you can view below:

Rebecca Rowe, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Muhammed Naveed Arshad, Aberystwyth University

Andrew Welfle, University of Manchester

John Redwood UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Gemma Delafield, UK Energy Research Centre