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Record number 433099
Title The financial and GHG cost of avoiding ILUC in biomass sourcing - a comparison between switchgrass produced with and without ILUC in Ukraine
Author(s) Lesschen, J.P.; Elbersen, H.W.; Poppens, R.; Galytska, M.; Kylik, M.; Lerminiaux, L.
Event 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 18-22 June 2012, 2012-06-18/2012-06-22
Department(s) SS - Soil Quality and Nutrients
Alterra - Sustainable soil management
FBR BP Biorefinery & Natural Fibre Technology
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) indirecte veranderingen van landgebruik - kosten - panicum virgatum - brandstofgewassen - oekraïne - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - broeikasgassen - bio-energie - biobased economy - indirect land use change - costs - fuel crops - ukraine - sustainability - greenhouse gases - bioenergy
Categories Bioenergy
Abstract Avoiding ILUC is becoming important. An important option is the use of land that would otherwise not be used for food or feed production. This generally means that lower quality or marginal land will be used. Switchgrass is one of the main perennial biomass crops that can produce high biomass yields under low input conditions and which can be established at low cost by seeds. In Ukraine this crop has in recent years been tested, yielding information that can be used to assess the cost and GHG balance of growing the crop, pelletizing, transport to the Netherlands and conversion into electricity. Results show that GHG emissions on low quality soil without ILUC are higher than for good quality soil grown switchgrass with ILUC. Analysis of the costs of growing switchgrass on low productive soils are 22% higher compared to high quality soils. It is concluded that ILUC avoidance needs to be quantified and rewarded.
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