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Measuring bio-energy crops' carbon footprint

Energy crops are likely to play an increasing role as a low carbon option in the UK's energy mix in the future, say scientists.

A team of researchers from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology are collecting data of how much carbon is locked in the soil as the crops grow.

They hope to produce a UK-wide map, allowing landowners to assess whether growing the crops on their land will help cut emissions when they are burned to generate electricity.

Environment reporter Mark Kinver visits the team of scientists in their outdoor laboratory in a Lincolnshire field.

  • 16 Oct 2012