Presentation on theme: "Moffitt Symposium, Newcastle University 18 th September 2007 Oliver Harwood The Contribution of Renewables to the UK Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy."— Presentation transcript:
Moffitt Symposium, Newcastle University 18 th September 2007 Oliver Harwood The Contribution of Renewables to the UK Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy
The Contribution of Renewables The key messages of SFFS The impact of SFFS on policy How this has affected renewables The challenge for the countryside Some examples Conclusions
Sir Don’s Vision Reconnecting with the consumer Delivering healthy safe food Delivering wider conservation benefits A profitable industry
The “Daughters” of SFFS and Renewables Biomass Task Force National Non Food Crops Centre Refocused research Cross Departmental working The role of the Regions
Biomass Biomass Task Force Biomass Implementation Advisory Group Biomass Strategy Woodfuel strategy
Biofuels SFFS duty reduction call The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Biofuels and sustainability Second generation fuels?
Wider commitments on Renewables EU agreement 20% energy by 2020 10% biofuel by 2020 (subject to conditions) Renewables Obligation Long term support for renewable heat? CERT, LCBP, Carbon trading
The contribution of land management EU Environment agency: 16% by 2020 EU Commission: impact of 10% biofuels RELU study Food v Fuel? Other land based renewables
Multifunctional land management Demands are increasing Food and environmental security Pervasive market failures Role for UK and EU policy Securing policy and budget support
The challenge Energy White Paper targets 1m ha energy crops 2m T woodfuel from private woodland Competitive biofuel crops Diversion of waste to Biogas 2000 more large wind turbines Microgeneration & Energy efficiency on the farm
Some examples of the rural opportunities What works for you (and your banker) ? Biofuels? Wind? Biomass heat? Hydro? Biogas?
Biofuels: Greenergy Both imported and UK feedstock Soya, Palm Oil and OSR Proportions vary by season 300,000T feedstock 100,000T biodiesel Doubling production next year
Biomass Heat Energy supply companies Capital costs Feedstock supply District heating Grant problems
Biogas (Anaerobic Digestion) Waste processing Capital costs Grant problems “Win Win Win” Reduces Methane
Wind Capital costs Power purchase Grid connection Neighbour problems Lease land out?
Hydro Head and flow Grid connections New cheap (Chinese) equipment Renewable Obligation support A growing market
Conclusions on the options Heat viable Biogas: the next big thing Biofuel crops at competitive prices Opportunities for entrepreneurs New long term incentives required
Conclusions on SFFS Renewables do contribute to sustainable farming The countryside can do much more Policy is moving in the right direction But more needs to be done
Contact Oliver Harwood MA (Cantab) MRICS Chief Surveyor Country Land and Business Association (CLA) 16 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PQ T0207 235 0511 email@example.com@cla.org.uk