Assessing the case for sequential cropping to produce low ILUC risk biomethane : final report

Daan Peters, Masoud Zabeti, Ann-Kathri Kühner, Matthias Spöttle, Wopke van der Werf, Jan Stomph

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Abstract

In recent years and especially since the COP - 21 climate agreement reached in Paris last year, efforts to mitigate climate change accelerate. All sectors need to contribute in order to achieve the well below 2 degree climate target. The agricultural sector is relevant for climate change in various ways. Like the agricultural sector, the transport sector is also responsible for significant greenhouse gas emissions. Advanced biofuels and biogas produced from wastes and residues can play an increasingly important role in the transport mix. In Italy, 600 Italian farmers are organised in the Italian Biogas Council (Consorzio Italiano Biogas e Gassificazione, CIB). Some years ago, CIB members developed a concept that they coined Biogasdoneright. In collaboration with various research institutes they seeked for a way to combine biogas feedstock production with crop production for food and feed as a way to generate additional income in a sustainable manner. The core of the Biogasdoneright concept is that farmers apply sequential cropping by growing a winter cover crop on land that was previously fallow during winter time, while maintaining the main crop production during summer time as previously. Multiple claims can be made about Biogasdoneright, for example related to the large potential role for biogas in our future energy system. This project focussed on the most relevant claims related to the use of biomethane in transport, with a focus on sustainability aspects.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUtrecht
PublisherECOFYS Netherlands
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • methane
  • biofuels
  • sequential cropping
  • farmers' associations
  • biogas
  • ancillary enterprises
  • farm management
  • agricultural energy production
  • transport
  • biobased economy
  • fuel crops
  • biomass production

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