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Intentions of UK farmers toward biofuel crop production: Implications for policy targets and land use change

Mattison, E. H. A. and Norris, K. (2007) Intentions of UK farmers toward biofuel crop production: Implications for policy targets and land use change. Environmental Science & Technology, 41 (16). pp. 5589-5594. ISSN 0013-936X

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1021/es062211v

Abstract/Summary

The United States and the European Union have set targets for biofuel production to decrease reliance on fossil fuels and to reduce fossil carbon emissions. Attainment of biofuel targets d6pends upon policy and infrastructure development but also on production of suitable raw materials. Production of relevant crops relies on the decisions that farmers make in their economic and political environment. We need to identify any farmer-related barriers to biofuel production and to determine whether novel policy and technology are required to meet targets. These aspects of the emerging biofuel industry are relevant across international barriers and have notyet been addressed quantitatively. We describe a case study from the UK of farmers' intentions toward producing two biofuel crops for which refining capacity either exists or is under construction. Given farmers' intentions, current land use, and conversion efficiency, we estimate potential biofuel production. These estimates indicate that EU targets are not achievable using domestically grown raw materials without policy intervention, use of alternative feedstocks, and either significant improvements in processing efficiency or largescale changes in land use.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Farm Management Unit
ID Code:8884
Uncontrolled Keywords:PERCEIVED BEHAVIORAL-CONTROL, PLANNED BEHAVIOR, ATTITUDES, BIAS

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