More than food or fuel. Stakeholder perceptions of anaerobic digestion and land use; a case study from the United Kingdom


Anaerobic digestion (AD) is of growing importance within the UK as it can make an important contribution to the countries energy and climate change targets. With the growth of the sector, discussions about competing land uses are likely to increase. For a better understanding of the synergies between agricultural land, its role and bioenergy the perception of the different stakeholders will play an important role. The perception of stakeholders related to AD, feedstock and energy crop production was investigated through interviews and a stakeholder workshop. The results indicated that from an AD operator and feedstock producer perspective, on-farm AD is more an additional activity integrated into existing agricultural systems than a renewable energy technology. The risk of a shift in agricultural practices and large areas to grow energy crops for AD is seen as low for the UK. Nonetheless, land use and related challenges need to be considered as the demand for AD feedstocks increases with the fast growth of the sector. Considering the synergies between bioenergy and agriculture as well as the motivations and benefits perceived by stakeholders will play an important role in a successful policy design to provide the required emission reduction in both sectors without subverting sustainability.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
Funding Information: An earlier draft of this paper was presented at the 23rd European Biomass Conference 2015 in Vienna. This research was funded by the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Exchange Hub of  University of Manchester, UK and through an EPSRC Impact Accelerat
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural systems,Anaerobic digestion,Bioenergy,Land use,Purpose grown crops,Stakeholder perception,Energy(all),Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Publication ISSN: 1873-6777
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 07:12
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 11:03
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-10-01
Published Online Date: 2016-07-19
Accepted Date: 2016-07-03
Authors: Röder, Mirjam (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8021-3078)



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