Towards better regulation of energy crop production: a case study in Eastern Saxony

To meet renewable energy targets set by the EU and Germany, production of energy crop biomass needs to increase. This study developed scenarios to explore how different regulation approaches for bio-energy might exacerbate or mitigate the effects of cultivation on ecosystem services in a case study region.

The cultivation of energy crops can have significant negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Potential impacts of cultivation depend on policies, incentives set by legal frameworks, and land-use practices. In a case study set in Eastern Saxony, different scenarios were assessed to analyse the effects of different approaches to energy production by biomass.

The study contributed to a better understanding of how instruments influence ecosystem services. In the local context, it enabled stakeholders to better understand and value ecosystem services and agricultural practices.

The scenarios were made in:

2010

The scenarios look out to:

2030 - 2050

Project facts

Germany

District of Görlitz - Saxony

2010

Submitted by:

Gerd Lupp

Project leader

14 oktober 2022

How to cite this page:

Gerd Lupp

Towards better regulation of energy crop production: a case study in Eastern Saxony

Resources

Final Report

Lupp, G., Steinhäußer, R., Bastian, O., Syrbe, R. (2015). Impacts of increasing bioenergy use on ecosystem services on nature and society exemplified in the German district of Görlitz. Biomass and Bioenergy, 83, pp. 131-140

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