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UK grown biomass can deliver greenhouse gas savings so support for farmers should be restructured to encourage the sustainable growth of the sector

25 July 2017

Hannah Evans
Hannah Evans Practice Manager, Bioenergy – Energy Systems Catapult

Delivering a substantial UK energy crops sector whilst balancing the demand for land use 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 and requires support but there are opportunities for the sector to grow.

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.

This could place a value on the wider environmental benefits growing second generation energy crops can make to the farming landscape, reducing the risk to farmers by providing a degree of income security.