Biomass and bioenergy in the wider land-use context of the European Union

B.R. Allen, D. Keegan, B.S. Elbersen

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Demands from land are increasing within the EU. Targets set out under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) are driving the production of energetic biomass for use within the energy sector and, at the same time, changing populations, diets, and societal preferences are leading to increased demands for other types of biomass including food, feed, and fiber. As an inherently multifunctional natural resource, land is already meeting many of these demands as well as providing a wider range of services to society including clean and reliable water, carbon sequestration, and cultural services. However, as demands from land increase, its continued ability to support a range of different sectors sustainably is called into question.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-216
JournalBiofuels Bioproducts and Biorefining
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • biofuels
  • energy
  • food


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