BioReGen Biomass, Remediation reGeneration: Re-using brownfield sites for renewable energy crops

Country: United Kingdom
Start Date:   1/12/2005         Duration: 60 months         Project Type: Demonstration
Contract Number: Project LIFE05 ENV/UK/000128
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->In situ treatment technologies
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Recycling/reuse
Project objectives:
It is a 4-5 year project funded by the Life III Environment Programme to investigate whether brownfield sites can be used to grow plants for fuel (energy crops). 
Project Summary:
So called 'brownfield' sites are those which are previously developed for non-agricultural land. If the previous use was industrial this often means that 
the soil is contaminated. Very often such sites lie vacant in a derelict state awaiting redevelopment. Our idea is to put them to a more beneficial use. Energy from burning crops specifically grown for fuel is 'renewable', unlike that from burning finite resources of fossil fuels. When the 'biomass' is burnt
it releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If the crops are grown again then the same amout of carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. As a consequence
biofuels are 'carbon neutral', since they have no overall effect on the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Rising levels of this 'greenhouse gas' are
linked to 'global warming'.
Achieved Objectives:
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Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
LIFE Environment
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  10/10/2007 11:59:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  11/10/2007 13:55:00