- ETI selects a group led by ADAS, which includes E4tech, RDI Associates, Crops for Energy and Imperial College Consultants, for its Refining Estimates of Land for Biomass project
- The project aims to refine the current estimates of available UK land for the production of biomass feedstock
- Existing land use availability studies will be reviewed and the ETI’s BVCM land availability assumptions improved to give a better understanding of what land could be used to grow biomass and where
The ETI is investing £186,000 in the four month project which aims to refine existing estimates of the amount of UK land available for bioenergy crops and/or forestry by supplementing existing land constraint estimates with additional datasets and validating the results through field surveys.
Imperial College Consultants and E4tech will initially review recent UK and European land use studies to provide context for the next stage of the project in which ADAS will lead desk based and field based analyses on a set of sample areas from around the UK, selected using the ETI’s Bioenergy Value Chain Model (BVCM).
For the desk based analysis the team will refine existing BVCM land availability assumptions using additional datasets from sources including the Environment Agency, Natural England and the European Commission. A selection of the same locations will then be assessed by surveyors.
Findings from the desk and field surveys will be compared with each other and any differences will be identified and explained. The report will make recommendations on how BVCM’s land availability estimates could be further refined across the UK.