Drivers of Risks for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Biogas Plants Development in Germany

  • Martin DotzauerEmail author
  • Jaqueline Daniel-Gromke
  • Daniela Thrän


Biogas production can push risk factors for the provision of ecosystem services and show interdependencies comparable to live stock farming. Spatial distribution analysis were used to assessing regional emphases for risks to ecosystem services. Of special interest specific densities of livestock farming, biogas production and the share of maize within crop rotations on farmland at a district level were taken into account. Biogas plants and cow sheds act very similar in terms of the required feedstock and incurring residues and in doing so for arable land. So it is recommended, that biogas and livestock farming should be jointly considered with respect to their need for feedstocks and the local capacity for sustainable application of manure as well as digestate. This can be achieved by a joint calculation of nutrient balances for both production systems.


Bioenergy Biogas Feedstock Energy crops Land requirements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Dotzauer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jaqueline Daniel-Gromke
    • 2
  • Daniela Thrän
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Bioenergy SystemsDBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gGmbHLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Biochemical ConversionDBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gGmbHLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Bioenergy DepartmentHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research–UFZLeipzigGermany

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