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Optimising Miscanthus

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Terravesta explains why Miscanthus is key to reaching net-zero in the UK by 2050.

The growing global bioeconomy has an indispensable role in tackling the climate crisis, and key to delivering a low carbon economy is securing enough supply of sustainable raw materials and linking them with a near-industrial scale of various bio-based products and end-markets.

Miscanthus is a perennial energy crop with a key role to play. Not only is it scalable, it is making waves in the industry as new technologies and markets emerge.

Earlier this year in the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) released the Land use: Policies for a net zero UK’ report1, stating that expanding biomass crops, including Miscanthus, by around 23,000 hectares annually would deliver 2 MtCO2e emissions savings in the land sector and an extra 11 MtCO2e from the harvested biomass when used for construction or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

In the UK, Miscanthus is grown on over 7,000 hectares of marginal land and counting, and it is mainly supplied to whole-bale biomass power plants, which heat and power over...

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