Land-use change to bioenergy production in Europe: implications for the greenhouse gas balance and soil carbon

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Land-use change to bioenergy production in Europe: implications for the greenhouse gas balance and soil carbon. / Don, Axel; Osborne, Bruce; Hastings, Astley; Smiba, Ute; Carter, Mette Sustmann; Drewer, Julia; Flessa, Heinz; Freibauer, Annette; Hyvönen, Niina; Jones, Mike B.; Lanigan, Gary J.; Mander, Ülo; Monti, Andrea; Djomo, Sylvestre Njakou; Valentine, John; Walter, Katja; Zegada-Lizarazu, Walter; Zenone, Terenzio.

In: Global Change Biology Bioenergy, Vol. 4, 2012, p. 372-391.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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Don, A, Osborne, B, Hastings, A, Smiba, U, Carter, MS, Drewer, J, Flessa, H, Freibauer, A, Hyvönen, N, Jones, MB, Lanigan, GJ, Mander, Ü, Monti, A, Djomo, SN, Valentine, J, Walter, K, Zegada-Lizarazu, W & Zenone, T 2012, 'Land-use change to bioenergy production in Europe: implications for the greenhouse gas balance and soil carbon' Global Change Biology Bioenergy, vol 4, pp. 372-391., 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01116.x

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Don A, Osborne B, Hastings A, Smiba U, Carter MS, Drewer J, Flessa H, Freibauer A, Hyvönen N, Jones MB, Lanigan GJ, Mander Ü, Monti A, Djomo SN, Valentine J, Walter K, Zegada-Lizarazu W, Zenone T. 2012. Land-use change to bioenergy production in Europe: implications for the greenhouse gas balance and soil carbon. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. 4:372-391. Available from: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01116.x

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Don, Axel; Osborne, Bruce; Hastings, Astley; Smiba, Ute; Carter, Mette Sustmann; Drewer, Julia; Flessa, Heinz; Freibauer, Annette; Hyvönen, Niina; Jones, Mike B.; Lanigan, Gary J.; Mander, Ülo; Monti, Andrea; Djomo, Sylvestre Njakou; Valentine, John; Walter, Katja; Zegada-Lizarazu, Walter; Zenone, Terenzio / Land-use change to bioenergy production in Europe: implications for the greenhouse gas balance and soil carbon.

In: Global Change Biology Bioenergy, Vol. 4, 2012, p. 372-391.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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title = "Land-use change to bioenergy production in Europe: implications for the greenhouse gas balance and soil carbon",
keywords = "biofuel, carbon debt, carbon footprint, land management, methane, Miscanthus, nitrous oxide, short rotation coppice, soil organic carbon, Miljø og klima",
author = "Axel Don and Bruce Osborne and Astley Hastings and Ute Smiba and Carter, {Mette Sustmann} and Julia Drewer and Heinz Flessa and Annette Freibauer and Niina Hyvönen and Jones, {Mike B.} and Lanigan, {Gary J.} and Ülo Mander and Andrea Monti and Djomo, {Sylvestre Njakou} and John Valentine and Katja Walter and Walter Zegada-Lizarazu and Terenzio Zenone",
year = "2012",
doi = "10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01116.x",
volume = "4",
pages = "372--391",
journal = "Global Change Biology Bioenergy",
issn = "1757-1707",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Land-use change to bioenergy production in Europe: implications for the greenhouse gas balance and soil carbon

A1 - Don,Axel

A1 - Osborne,Bruce

A1 - Hastings,Astley

A1 - Smiba,Ute

A1 - Carter,Mette Sustmann

A1 - Drewer,Julia

A1 - Flessa,Heinz

A1 - Freibauer,Annette

A1 - Hyvönen,Niina

A1 - Jones,Mike B.

A1 - Lanigan,Gary J.

A1 - Mander,Ülo

A1 - Monti,Andrea

A1 - Djomo,Sylvestre Njakou

A1 - Valentine,John

A1 - Walter,Katja

A1 - Zegada-Lizarazu,Walter

A1 - Zenone,Terenzio

AU - Don,Axel

AU - Osborne,Bruce

AU - Hastings,Astley

AU - Smiba,Ute

AU - Carter,Mette Sustmann

AU - Drewer,Julia

AU - Flessa,Heinz

AU - Freibauer,Annette

AU - Hyvönen,Niina

AU - Jones,Mike B.

AU - Lanigan,Gary J.

AU - Mander,Ülo

AU - Monti,Andrea

AU - Djomo,Sylvestre Njakou

AU - Valentine,John

AU - Walter,Katja

AU - Zegada-Lizarazu,Walter

AU - Zenone,Terenzio

PY - 2012

Y1 - 2012

N2 - Bioenergy from crops is expected to make a considerable contribution to climate change mitigation. However, bioenergy is not necessarily carbon neutral because emissions of CO2, N2O and CH4 during crop production may reduce or completely counterbalance CO2 savings of the substituted fossil fuels. These greenhouse gases (GHGs) need to be included into the carbon footprint calculation of different bioenergy crops under a range of soil conditions and management practices. This review compiles existing knowledge on agronomic and environmental constraints and GHG balances of the major European bioenergy crops, although it focuses on dedicated perennial crops such as Miscanthus and short rotation coppice species. Such second-generation crops account for only 3% of the current European bioenergy production, but field data suggest they emit 40% to >99% less N2O than conventional annual crops. This is a result of lower fertilizer requirements as well as a higher N-use efficiency, due to effective N-recycling. Perennial energy crops have the potential to sequester additional carbon in soil biomass if established on former cropland (0.44 Mg soil C ha 1 yr 1 for poplar and willow and 0.66 Mg soil C ha 1 yr 1 for Miscanthus). However, there was no positive or even negative effects on the C balance if energy crops are established on former grassland. Increased bioenergy production may also result in direct and indirect land-use changes with potential high C losses when native vegetation is converted to annual crops. Although dedicated perennial energy crops have a high potential to improve the GHG balance of bioenergy production, several agronomic and economic constraints still have to be overcome.

AB - Bioenergy from crops is expected to make a considerable contribution to climate change mitigation. However, bioenergy is not necessarily carbon neutral because emissions of CO2, N2O and CH4 during crop production may reduce or completely counterbalance CO2 savings of the substituted fossil fuels. These greenhouse gases (GHGs) need to be included into the carbon footprint calculation of different bioenergy crops under a range of soil conditions and management practices. This review compiles existing knowledge on agronomic and environmental constraints and GHG balances of the major European bioenergy crops, although it focuses on dedicated perennial crops such as Miscanthus and short rotation coppice species. Such second-generation crops account for only 3% of the current European bioenergy production, but field data suggest they emit 40% to >99% less N2O than conventional annual crops. This is a result of lower fertilizer requirements as well as a higher N-use efficiency, due to effective N-recycling. Perennial energy crops have the potential to sequester additional carbon in soil biomass if established on former cropland (0.44 Mg soil C ha 1 yr 1 for poplar and willow and 0.66 Mg soil C ha 1 yr 1 for Miscanthus). However, there was no positive or even negative effects on the C balance if energy crops are established on former grassland. Increased bioenergy production may also result in direct and indirect land-use changes with potential high C losses when native vegetation is converted to annual crops. Although dedicated perennial energy crops have a high potential to improve the GHG balance of bioenergy production, several agronomic and economic constraints still have to be overcome.

KW - biofuel

KW - carbon debt

KW - carbon footprint

KW - land management

KW - methane

KW - Miscanthus

KW - nitrous oxide

KW - short rotation coppice

KW - soil organic carbon

KW - Miljø og klima

U2 - 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01116.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01116.x

JO - Global Change Biology Bioenergy

JF - Global Change Biology Bioenergy

SN - 1757-1707

VL - 4

SP - 372

EP - 391

ER -