Bioenergy: Delivering Impact to Business and Policy

CEH is working with the energy sector, policy-makers and other research organisations to deliver vital answers to key research questions. This work aims to enable the long-term sustainability of bioenergy crops, thereby facilitating their widespread commercial adoption.

Knowledge gained from the research enables CEH to inform UK government policy, for example in Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) negotiations and to Natural England on the sustainability of biomass crops in the context of Energy Crop Support Grants.

CEH research on bioenergy crops supports the majority of NERC's Science Themes: Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, Climate System, Biodiversity, Earth System Science, Environment, Pollution and Human Health.

CEH's Land Cover Maps and Countryside Surveys have contributed key data to national assessments of potential land use involving bioenergy crops under different scenarios, and continue to provide robust data in support of government policy-making.

CEH has contributed in depth to the first National Ecosystem Assessment, thereby helping to define the value of nature's ecological services to society.



Scientists set up a soil chamber on a bioenergy crops experimental site
Scientists set up a soil chamber on a bioenergy crops experimental site


CEH research has shown the difficulty of assessing the environmental impact of biofuels using life cycle assessments.

Researchers from CEH have also been involved in a research consortium looking at nitrogen emissions from oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia.

More Information

More on how CEH delivers impact in bioenergy crops research can be found in papers, reports and conference proceedings.