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UK Farming Statistics

12 June 2015

UK Area of Crops Grown For Bioenergy in England and the UK: 2008 - 2013UK Area of Crops Grown For Bioenergy in England and the UK: 2008 - 2013

UK Farming Statistics

Key Messages

  • An estimated 51 thousand hectares of agricultural land in the UK were used for bioenergy in 2013.
  • The area of crops grown for bioenergy equated to 0.8% of all arable land in the UK in 2013.
  • Just over 80% (42 thousand hectares) of the land used for bioenergy in 2013 was for biofuel (biodiesel and bioethanol) crops for the UK road transport market.
  • Provisional estimates indicate that 787 thousand tonnes of UK produced crops were used for the UK road transport market in 2013/14.
  • In 2014, maize grown for use in anaerobic digestion accounted for 17% (29,373 hectares) of the total maize area in England, which was 0.5% of England’s total arable area.

Figures relating to biofuel used for road transport in 2013/14 are provisional based on the data currently available. This shows that, of the total volume of renewable fuel supplied in 2013/14, 99.8% (1,740 million litres) has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements

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