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Terravesta, the world leading Miscanthus specialists, have today announced the launch of Terravesta Europe in order to help grow established and new markets for perennial biomass crops.

Europe continues to drive forward its’ plans for a low carbon economy, in line with an ambitious 10-year environmental programme to completely phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2030, including Russian gas. This has led to a rapid expansion in the growing and use of Miscanthus, to help transform the products and energy being used.

Miscanthus, a carbon-negative crop requiring no fertiliser, can grow on contaminated or unproductive land. It has many applications, including commercial heat and power generation, pellet trade, domestic fuel, fibre uses, land remediation, carbon sequestration, fibre for a host of products including fibreboard and sustainable concrete, and bio-refining, for use as a replacement for plastic and pharmaceuticals.

Terravesta boast a selection of commercially bred, non-GM varieties, suited to different climates and markets, which will be planted throughout Europe, selected with specific traits to suit the end-market in question.

Andrzej Matyjewski Terravesta Europe Miscanthus

Operations director for Europe, Andrzej Matyjewski (pictured left), says Terravesta’s global presence is evolving according to expectations:

“The launch of Terravesta Europe clearly shows the business has identified a bright future for Miscanthus and the growing demand for the crop in Europe is undisputed.

“I’m extremely excited about the future in Europe. The UK is an established market and the potential in Europe is underestimated. The EU continent has different climates and markets and more scope for growth into new areas.”

Terravesta Europe already has a number of projects under its’ belt including propagation nurseries, biochar production and planting for biomass and CO2 sequestration in Poland, Miscanthus for hydrogen production in France, planting for bedding and horticultural mulch in Italy, Miscanthus-fuelled district heating in Moldova, with more Miscanthus collaborations underway in Portugal, Germany, Romania and Baltic countries.

The new company is also a partner in GRACE, a cross-European project that includes over 20 different organisations, both in academia and industry, identifying new commercial uses for Miscanthus and hemp. The firm has supplied planting materials for multiple locations including the UK, Poland, Germany, Italy and Croatia.

Terravesta Europe is looking for agents in European countries. Get in touch with Andrzej Matyjewski to learn more, by emailing europe@terravesta.com.

For more information about Miscanthus and Terravesta, please visit www.terravesta.com .

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