Environmentally-compatible agricultural bioenergy potential
'Oil crops' comprise rapeseed and sunflower. 'Crops for ethanol' include the potential of grains from maize, wheat, barley/triticale. 'Crops for ligno-cellulosic ethanol' cover the energy value of the whole plant (corn and straw) for wheat and barley/triticale. 'Crops for biogas' are maize (whole plant), double cropping systems, switch grass and the grass cuttings from permanent grassland. 'Short rotation forest and perennial grasses' include poplar, willow, miscanthus, reed canary grass, giant reed and sweet sorghum, which may often be used in whole-plant conversion systems like gasification, or biomass-to-liquid processes.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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