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March 18, 2006

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Bio-energy and CAP Reform: The Gains to Europe and Africa

Dan Plesch, Greg Austin, Fiona Grant, Stephen Sullivan

It argues that British politicians ‘need to learn to love their biomass’, and look seriously at how farm-produced energy can make a massively bigger contribution to energy security, to climate change policy and to rural development.

An important spin-off from increased British and European production of biomass energy will be a greater capacity to support the energy needs of developing countries, many of which are mainly agricultural economies that have a far greater reliance on biomass. Reduction of the burdens on developing economies imposed by high oil prices will also be an important gain. Bio-energy works all over the globe. It has to play a much bigger part in Britain.

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