South West England cluster at the International Bioenergy Conference in Manchester 11-13 March 2014

On behalf of the SW England cluster Kevin Lindegaard of Crops for Energy Ltd presented a paper called "Securing future indigenous biomass supply with energy crops: The role of a supportive policy framework in achieving the necessary step change" at the International Bioenergy Conference in Manchester on 12 March 2014.

South West England cluster host a reception for policy makers 28th January 2014.

As part of the Bristol meeting in January 2014 the South West England cluster held an evening workshop on European best practice and the need for supportive policy in Palm Court Restaurant of the Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel.

The Rokwood project is aiming to help improve the market conditions for the increased uptake of woody energy crops grown in SRPs.

The first 6 months of the project has been all about understanding what has gone before with each of the six clusters engaged in a lengthy analysis of the state of play of the SRP sector in their region.

The EURoPEAn ENVIRONMENT AGENCy (EEA) publishes a report on resource efficiency in bionenergy production

"Forest biomass and productive land are limited resources, and part of Europe's 'natural capital'. So it is essential that we consider how we can use existing resources efficiently before we impose additional demands on land for energy production." Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director

EU fosters innovation for sustainable production and efficient use of wooden biomass

Bremerhaven, March 2013. In the area of renewable energies, biomass is becoming more and more important. In order to answer the growing demand for biomass resources, focus is being placed on Short Rotation Coppice (SRC). This method of plantation describes the cultivation of fast-growing trees within short rotation periods with the goal of producing wood as a renewable energy source.