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Europe will need land three times size of UK to meet bioenergy demand

The burning of wood for power plants is driving up demand

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Europe could require an area of land three times the size of the UK to meet its ever-increasing bioenergy demands, new research published by Friends of the Earth Europe today has revealed.

The report, by the Vienna University of Economics and Business for Friends of the Earth Europe, investigates how Europe’s consumption of crops and wood for transport fuel, heating and electricity, is set to double by 2030, exerting unparalleled and unsustainable new pressures on the world’s land and forests.