Agricultural biomass production within a sustainable and circular Bioeconomy
- Agriculture has a central role among the biomass producing sectors, providing valuable sources for the EU bioeconomy.
- Each year, an estimated 956 million tonnes (Mt) of agricultural biomass are produced in the European Union.
- 54% are primary products, such as grains, fruits, roots and tubers. The remaining 46% are residues, such as leaves and stems.
- Cereals are the crop contributing the most to both economic and residue production in the EU, with a share of 50% and 74% respectively.
- A sufficient amount of residues needs to be left on fields to sustain soil conservation and biodiversity, making it challenging to quantify the residues available for competitive uses.
- More in general, uncertainties associated with residue production estimates are relatively large.
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This brief on agricultural biomass is one out of a series of briefs prepared by the Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy which intend to provide independent evidence for EU policy in this field...