Sweden aims for climate neutrality by 2045 and a fossil-independent vehicle fleet by 2030. Increased sourcing of agricultural bioenergy feedstock has been proposed as one channel for achieving these goals. Cultivation of second-generation energy crops is currently limited, but expansion of the industry could
be accelerated through policy intervention. Knowledge gaps exist, however, regarding the complex environmental and economic implications of resulting land-use changes. Conflicts with other societal goals, particularly maintaining biodiversity and ensuing ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes
and safeguarding domestic food production, pose potentially substantial trade-offs. Within the FORMAS-funded Land4Biomass project, three PhD students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds use a variety of approaches to jointly explore futures of agricultural bioenergy production in Sweden. This poster offers a first glance at the integration of the individual projects, a prioritised objective to exploit synergies and improve relevance of research for policy-making. Among the focus points are assessment of potential land for energy crop cultivation, cost-effectiveness of policy instruments promoting such production, and the environmental impacts of increased cultivation. By combining several methods,
including spatial analysis, agent-based modelling, environmental and ecological impact assessments, and stakeholder interaction, our research contributes with necessary knowledge to ensure sustainable mobilization of agricultural biomass for energy.
Period2022 May 17
Event titleSwedish Climate Symposium 2022
Event typeConference
LocationNorrköping, SwedenShow on map