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How Much UK Land Goes Into Bioenergy Production?

How Much UK Land Goes Into Bioenergy Production?

26 November 2014
Defra

UK - An estimated 51 thousand hectares of agricultural land in the UK were used for bioenergy in 2013.

The area of crops grown for bioenergy equated to 0.8 per cent of all arable land in the UK in 2013.

Just over 80 per cent (42 thousand hectares) of the land used for bioenergy in 2013 was for biofuel (biodiesel and bioethanol) crops for the UK road transport market.

Provisional estimates indicate that 787 thousand tonnes of UK produced crops were used for the UK road transport market in 2013/14.

In 2014, maize grown for use in anaerobic digestion accounted for 17 per cent (29,373 hectares) of the total maize area in England, which was 0.5 per cent of England’s total arable area.

Figures relating to biofuel used for road transport in 2013/14 are provisional based on the data
currently available.

This shows that, of the total volume of renewable fuel supplied in 2013/14, 99.8 per cent (1,740 million litres) has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements.

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