Environmental impacts and mitigation effectiveness of strategic perennialization

SND-ID: 2021-206

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Alternative title

Beneficial land use change: Strategic expansion of new biomass plantations can reduce environmental impacts from EU agriculture

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Oskar Englund - Mid Sweden University, Dept. of Ecotechnology and sustainable building engineering orcid

Description

Society faces the double challenge of increasing biomass production to meet the future demands for food,
materials and bioenergy, while addressing negative impacts of current (and future) land use. In the discourse,
land use change (LUC) has often been considered as negative, referring to impacts of deforestation and expansion of biomass plantations. However, strategic establishment of suitable perennial production systems in agricultural landscapes can mitigate environmental impacts of current crop production, while providing biomass for the bioeconomy.

Here, we explore the potential for such “beneficial LUC” in EU28. First, we map and quantify the
degree of accumulated soil organic carbon losses, soil loss by wind and water erosion, nitrogen emissions to
water, and recurring floods, in ∼81.000 individual landscapes in EU28. We then estimate the effectiveness in
mitigating these impacts through establishment of perennial plants, in each landscape.

The results indicate that there is a substantial potential for effective impact mitigation. Depending on criteria selection, 10–46% of the land

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Language

English

Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Mid Sweden University

Funding 1

Funding 2

  • Funding agency: Swedish Energy Agency
  • Funding agency's reference number: P48364-1
  • Project name on the application: Minska negativa miljöeffekter av biomassaproduktion genom att producera mer biomassa

Funding 3

  • Funding agency: Chalmers Energy Area of Advance

Funding 4

  • Funding agency: Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels
  • Funding agency's reference number: P48364-1
  • Project name on the application: Minska negativa miljöeffekter av biomassaproduktion genom att producera mer biomassa
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Data contains personal data

No

Method

Time period(s) investigated

2000–2018

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Europe

Geographic description: EU27+UK

Publications

Englund, O., Börjesson, P., Berndes, G., Scarlat, N., Dallemand, J.-F., Grizzetti, B., Dimitriou, I., Mola-Yudego, B., & Fahl, F. (2020). Beneficial land use change: Strategic expansion of new biomass plantations can reduce environmental impacts from EU agriculture. Global Environmental Change, 60, Article 101990. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.101990
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38179
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.101990

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Oskar Englund. Mid Sweden University, Dept. of Ecotechnology and sustainable building engineering (2021). <em>Environmental impacts and mitigation effectiveness of strategic perennialization</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5878/7jw8-ka21">https://doi.org/10.5878/7jw8-ka21</a>

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Oskar Englund - Mid Sweden University, Dept. of Ecotechnology and sustainable building engineering orcid

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Creative Commons  Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Published: 2021-07-08