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Agricultural biomass

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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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