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In late November 2020 staff from the University of Strathclyde were able to collect samples of biomass from two existing phytoremediation sites while complying fully with the prevailing UK Government Covid-19 restrictions and an appropriately risk-assessed Safe System of Work. This was possible in the first month of the CERESiS Project because of the surviving trials of Miscanthus and short-rotation coppice willow planted on brownfield sites in 2004-2007 as pioneering field trials and subsequent demonstration sites of the EU Life BioReGen Project (Life 05 ENV/UK/000128). We thank the current site owners for allowing continued access to these scientifically important sites.

Biofuels are a key tool necessary for the decarbonization of transports in the EU and they can be already produced at scale with mature technologies. The responsible production of feedstock for biofuels through well-designed sustainable biomass value chains, can enhance soil health and promote green resilience practices in agriculture, thus serving the objectives of the European Green Deal and fostering the bioeconomy.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 101006717.