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Project Outline

The ELUM Project was a distinctive 3 year study which has delivered robust quantification of the sustainability impacts of land-use change to bioenergy crops in the UK.  It has provided a spatially explicit view of the effects of 18 land-use change transitions on soil carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions through field measurements and the creation of an Ecosystem Modelling Tool.

The project team was drawn from the UK's top research institutions in the areas of bioenergy, soil science, agriculture and forestry. This project has combined literature evaluation, field measurements of soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions and modelling activities with investment in state-of-the-art equipment to advance our understanding of the role biomass could play in sustainable energy provision.

The  project is unique in combining a large number of commercial-scale field studies (ca. 70+) with state-of-the-art process models, to facilitate high-resolution mapping of the potential for UK bioenergy deployment through to 2050.  

This project was commissioned and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute

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The ELUM Consortium is led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and includes the following organisations:

  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Southampton
  • Forest Research
  • Aberystwith University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • The University of York