Archive for the ‘Energy issues’ Category

Greenhouse Gas Emissions /energy and biodiversity

Tuomisto H L, Hodge I D, Riordan P and Macdonald D W (2012). Comparing energy balances, greenhouse gas balances and biodiversity impacts of contrasting farming systems with alternative land uses, Agricultural Systems 108 (2012) 42–49

Conclusions  Even though the conventional systems had the highest energy inputs and GHG emissions per food product output, the whole farm energy and GHG balances were far more favourable for the conventional systems compared to the organic systems once the availability of extra land was taken into account. The results also suggest that integrated farming systems that use the best practices for producing high yields while using environmentally beneficial farming practices can lead to more favourable whole farm energy and GHG balances and the lowest negative impacts on biodiversity compared to organic and conventional systems.

 

I think its called sustainable intensification !!

Defra launch Water White paper More about keeping taps running and environment damage doing that ,than food production

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The Renewable Heat incentive for biomass and other alternative heat technologies is announced

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_we_do/uk_supply/energy_mix/renewable/policy/incentive/incentive.aspx

Europe ponders the biofuel crops versus land use priorities (food –environment)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/10/1772

Largest Biomass Plant to Produce Green Electricity

A new power station that will use wood chip to produce enough electricity to power half a million homes in Wales has been given the go ahead by the Environment Agency.

The Prenergy plant, in Port Talbot, South Wales, will produce electricity with 50 to 80 per cent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than gas or coal fired power stations. It will be Britain’s largest biomass power plant.

To read more click the link

http://www.thebioenergysite.com