The ETI’s Bioenergy Value Chain Model (BVCM) is a comprehensive and flexible toolkit for the modelling and optimisation of fullsystem bioenergy value chains over the next five decades. It has been designed to answer variants of the question: What is the most effective way of delivering a particular bioenergy outcome in the UK, taking into account the available biomass resources, the geography of the UK, time, technology options and logistics networks?
The toolkit supports analysis and decisionmaking around optimal land use, biomass utilisation and different pathways for bioenergy production. It does this by optimising on an economic, emissions or energy production basis, or with these objectives in combination. The ETI has undertaken a significant programme of work exploring a range of scenarios using the BVCM toolkit, to examine system sensitivities to parameters such as imports, land constraints, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, cost and technology assumptions, build constraints, and carbon pricing.