This is a report supporting the Bioenergy Review (December 2011).
The supporting research assess the evidence that biomass can make a major contribution to future global energy supply. Among its key findings the report concludes that:
- replacing the entirety of fossil fuel supply with biomass would be an endeavour comparable in size to all of existing global agriculture and commercial forestry combined
- societal preferences for food, energy and environmental protection will determine the extent to which biomass is used to provide energy services
- land availability is the most important factor influencing the contribution that energy crops might be able to make.
The supporting research was written by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).