Renewable Energy

Every 100 hectares of crops can soak up between 30 and 60 tonnes of carbon per year

In years to come framers will be gearing their production more and more towards non-food crops (energy crops) such as wheat, maize and sugar beet, to help combat the growing problem of climate change, and the need for more environmentally and ec0-friendly energy sources.

The aforementioned crops can be turned into bioethanol and while oilseed rape can be made into biodiesel, suitable for running cars.

Woodlands, which cover 14% of land in the region, could be managed positively to provide fuel

Electricity can be produced from the by-products of forestry operations to provide us with a renewable fuel. This by-product (woodchip) is utilised in boilers and has been used to heat housing developments and business parks throughout the country. Wood is now the cheapest heating fuel in Great Britain