Report 533
Assessing physical trade flows of materials of biological origin to and from Scotland
(2014)
Croft, S., Dawkins, E. & West, C.
A JNCC and SNH commissioned work to quantify the consumption of biomass (food, feed, fibre) within the Scottish economy and assess potential impacts that may be associated with this consumption.
 

Introduction

 
The UK, and Scotland, is heavily dependent on products of biological origin - both produced domestically and sourced from overseas. This dependence on ‘biomass’ includes the consumption of products derived from timber and plant fibres (e.g. clothing, energy) but also foodstuffs used both for direct human consumption and in animal feed. Importantly, consumption of biomass is not necessarily ‘direct’ (i.e. utilised directly in the production and final use of products) but can occur further upstream within the supply chain. Accounting for ‘indirect’ biomass use (i.e. that occurring across the whole manufacturing chain of a specific product) is very important if the total impacts associated with consumption are to be properly assessed.
 
 
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ISSN 0963 8901
 
Please cite as: Croft, S., Dawkins, E. & West, C., (2014), Assessing physical trade flows of materials of biological origin to and from Scotland, JNCC Report 533, ISSN 0963 8901