New rotation crops could be the solution to UK energy targets

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According to a new study, short rotation energy crops could be the answer to meeting renewable energy targets in England.

The study funded by the UK Energy Research Centre found that efficient use of England's land could produce enough biomass to generate approximately 4 per cent of the country's electricity demand, meaning household and businesses could see energy comparison sites offering even better deals in the future.

UKERC researcher and co-author Gail Taylor, Professor of Plant Biology from the University of Southampton, said: “This study shows that bioenergy crops can be grown sustainably in parts of England, with no detrimental impact on food crops or other ecosystem services. Our current work is taking this approach further to determine how future climate scenarios will influence biomass supply.”

The UK is committed to meeting demands by 2020 that promises to deliver 15 per cent of all energy and 30 per cent electricity demand using renewable energy sources.

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