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ETI seeks partners for bioenergy project to refine estimates of available UK land that could be used for energy crops

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners to deliver a project to validate current estimates of available UK land that can be used for the production of biomass crops and forestry for energy.

The project aims to refine existing estimates on the amount of UK land “available” for bioenergy crops and/or forestry and explain any differences that occur between theoretical estimates and survey findings.

ETI analysis shows that not including bioenergy or carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the UK’s energy mix for 2050 could double the cost of delivering climate change targets from around 1% of GDP to 2%. This means the value of CCS or bioenergy to the energy system is over £200bn and if neither are developed it is really difficult to see how the UK would be able to meet its climate change targets.

The project will build on the outputs of existing ETI Biomass Systems Value Chain Modelling (BVCM) and Ecosystem Land Use Modelling (ELUM) projects. 

The request for proposals will close on 23rd March 2015. The deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 16th March 2015. 

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