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Energy Crops and the Common Agricultural Policy

  • Kes McCormick
  • Helen Nilsson
  • Mihai Tomescu
Publishing year: 2006
Language: English
Document type: Conference paper

Abstract english

The Biomass Action Plan (BAP) for Europe outlines how to achieve the targets for bioenergy and energy crops defined by the European Commission and member states. However, it is the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that shapes the utilisation of agricultural land. This paper therefore reviews the supportive measures for energy crops in recent CAP reforms and investigates the effects on farmers in ‘real-life’ case studies from Sweden, Italy and Austria. This paper explores if the recent CAP reforms are sufficient to motivate farmers to cultivate energy crops; identifies the barriers and drivers for energy crops from the perspective of farmers; and suggests how to enhance supportive measures in the CAP to overcome barriers and complement the BAP.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Agriculture
  • Bioenergy


World Bioenergy 2006
2006-05-30 - 2006-06-01
Jönköping, Sweden
Kes McCormick
E-mail: kes [dot] mccormick [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se

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