IES Webinar - The potential to increase soil carbon in European agriculture using multifunctional production systems

Wednesday, 13 September 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

The agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation by reducing its own greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, sequestering carbon in vegetation and soils, and providing biomass to substitute for fossil fuels and other GHG-intensive products. The sector also needs to address water, soil, and biodiversity impacts caused by historic and current practices. Emerging EU policies create incentives for cultivation of perennial plants that provide biomass along with environmental benefits. One such option, common in northern Europe, is to include grass in rotations with annual crops to provide biomass while remediating soil organic carbon (SOC) losses and other environmental impacts. 

This webinar will present the findings from a recent study in which a spatially explicit model was applied on >81,000 sub-watersheds in EU27 + UK (Europe) to explore the effects of widespread deployment of such systems. The model identifies and quantifies suitable areas for increased grass cultivation and corresponding biomass, protein supply, SOC sequestration, and reductions in nitrogen emissions to water (as well as wind and water erosion). The model also provides information about possible flood mitigation. 

This free online event is open to everyone.


Our speaker

Oskar Englund is Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering at Mid Sweden University. Dr Englund's research is primarily centered around sustainability issues concerning biomass production and land use. A notable focus has been on the production and use of biomass for bioenergy, which interlinks the food, forest and energy sectors. Being a GIS expert, he primarily works with spatial analysis and modelling, but his research is interdisciplinary and often closely linked to sustainability governance. Recently, Dr Englund has focused on understanding the potential for multifunctional production systems, that can deliver biomass along with multiple environmental benefits.


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