Understanding the opportunities and risks of using algal biomass
The EU Renewable Energy Directive stipulates that biofuels should be produced in an environmentally sustainable manner. Companies using bulk chemicals and higher value products are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of demonstrating environmental sustainability whilst maintaining or improving ecosystem services on consumer purchasing choices.
For this reason the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK have jointly funded this network with the high-level science goal of understanding the opportunities and risks to the quality of freshwater and marine environments of using algal biomass as a source of renewable energy and chemicals.
The group liaises with government and other stakeholders to ensure strategies are in place to enable project developers to maximise the opportunities available in order to develop a sustainable algae-based business.