Biomass Environmental Assessment Tool (BEAT)

Name of source BEAT v2.1 Biomass Environmental Assessment Tool
Provider Produced by AEA and North Energy for EA and Defra
Summary text Impact assessment of likely environmental impacts from biomass energy projects, including:
  • Biomass-fueled power plant producing electricity using grate combustion, gasification or pyrolysis;
  • Biomass-fueled industrial scale combined heat and power plant producing electricity and heat using grate combustion, gasification or pyrolysis;
  • Biomass-fueled heating boilers ranging in size from industrial/commercial scale to domestic scale;
  • Co-firing of biomass in existing large power plant;
  • Anaerobic digestion and combustion of biogas to produce electricity and/or heat in small scale, on-farm plant and in centralised anaerobic digestion;
  • Production of liquid biofuels.
Licensing Free
Language(s) English
Access – data formats and accessibility
File type HTML (web) access to Access file
Software needs Microsoft Office
Contents – breadth and depth of datasets
Age 1990-2010
Geography UK
Original Data Source(s) Original research, industry statistics, government publications, other LCA databases
Other Databases Included Unknown
Life cycle stages Cradle-to-Grave
Modeling approach  
Emissions results Total CO2e, separate GHGs
Number of datasets +50
Main topics Energy carriers and technologies
Other topics End-of-life treatment
Data transparency – what metadata is provided for each dataset?
System boundaries Yes
Data Types Process
Allocation Methods Yes
Technology Yes
Data year Yes
Original source Yes
Uncertainty No
Quality – is information provided on data quality?
Data quality score No
Quality assurance Yes
Standards compliant ISO 14040 (partial)

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