Focus Bioenergy No 4 2004: Energy crops - a resource for development
Agricultural fuels like energy forest, straw fuels, ley crops, oil crops and grain can be used for heat, electricity or transports and may become an important complement to forest fuels in replacing the fossil fuels. Cultivation of Salix is already commercially viable in Sweden. The future for agricultural fuels depends on many factors: how the EU’s common agricultural policy will develop, how Sweden by means of energy policy incentives will prioritize the benefits of agricultural fuels and how the market for biofuels will develop. Instead of closing down farms and letting the fields grow wild we can cultivate bioenergy for a sustainable provision of energy. This decreases the need for imported energy, contributes to solving environmental problems and provides people in rural areas with a means of livelihood.