UK bioenergy 2015 crop usage down

A Defra study (published 8th December) estimates that 93,000 ha of UK agricultural land was used for bioenergy, equating to 1.6% of arable land.

This is a 23% decrease on the previous year (122,000 ha) due mainly to reductions in wheat, barley and OSR used in biofuels. Road transport fuel usage (i.e. bioethanol and biodiesel) (49,900 ha) accounted for 53% of the 2015 area. However, it is noteworthy that the majority (70%) of crop derived biofuels for road transport originates from outside the UK, with France being the leading contributor.