Barriers to and drivers for UK bioenergy development


Adams, P. W., Hammond, G. P., McManus, M. C. and Mezzullo, W. G., 2011. Barriers to and drivers for UK bioenergy development. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 15 (2), pp. 1217-1227.

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Barriers to UK bioenergy development arise from a number of technical, financial, social and other constraints. Likewise, the drivers for using bioenergy are numerous and diverse. A range of these barriers and drivers have been identified through a comprehensive literature and case study review, and then assessed through an online questionnaire, completed by stakeholders from across the UK bioenergy industry: farmers/suppliers, developers/owners of bioenergy projects, primary end-users, and government/policy stakeholders. The results are presented in the form of 'spider web' diagrams. The most critical barriers and drivers relate to economic factors of bioenergy projects. Farmers/suppliers and developers are influenced by production costs and benefits, whilst primary end-users of bioenergy are concerned mainly with the cost of purchasing energy resources. Common drivers for all stakeholders were found to be reducing carbon emissions and the dependency on fossil fuels. In order to satisfy the needs of stakeholders schemes must be both economically attractive and environmentally sustainable for projects to be successful.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsAdams, P. W., Hammond, G. P., McManus, M. C. and Mezzullo, W. G.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
Research Centres & Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment
ID Code21443


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