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Evaluating potential policies for the UK perennial energy crop market to achieve carbon abatement and deliver a source of low carbon electricity

Alexander, Peter; Moran, Dominic; Rounsevell, Mark D. A.


The electricity infrastructure in many developed countries requires significant investment to meet ambitious carbon emissions reduction targets, and to bridge the gap between future supply and demand. Perennial energy crops have the potential to deliver electricity generation capacity while reducing carbon emissions, leading to polices supporting the adoption of these crops. In the UK, for example, support has been in place over the past decade, although uptake and the market development have so far been relatively modest. This paper combines biophysical and socio-economic process representations within an agent-based model (ABM), to offer insights into the dynamics of the development of the perennial energy crop market. Against a changing policy landscape, several potential policy scenarios are developed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the market in providing a source of low carbon renewable electricity, and to achieve carbon emissions abatement. The results demonstrate the key role of both energy and agricultural policies in stimulating the rate and level of uptake; consequently influencing the cost-effectiveness of these measures. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000080865
Veröffentlicht am 10.05.2016
DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.04.025
Zitationen: 7
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0961-9534, 1873-2909
KITopen-ID: 1000080865
Erschienen in Biomass and bioenergy
Verlag Elsevier
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 09.05.2015
Schlagwörter Agent-based model Energy crops; Energy policy; Land use; Miscanthus Short-rotation coppice
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
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