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The BEAT2 support line was withdrawn on the 31st March 2011. This is anticipation of the launch, in summer 2011, of the UK Government’s mandatory sustainability criteria for bioenergy. BEAT2 will remain available once the sustainability criteria are launched, but users should bear in mind that the greenhouse gas reporting tool that will form part of the criteria will use a different lifecycle methodology to BEAT2. The two tools will therefore not produce the same results.
Please click on the link to download the file from Dropboxand save it to a convenient folder on your hard disk (not a network drive). Warning 19 MB file!
Double click on the downloaded file (BEATV2.1.exe) and it will self extract, creating a new sub-folder C:BEAT2 V2.1. Run the programme by double clicking on the BEAT v2.1.mde file.
NB This software requires MS Access 2000 or later, Excel 2000 or later and Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have this on your computer then you can try the runtime version of MS Access 2007, dowloadable from the link below.
The Microsoft Office Access 2007 Runtime enables you to distribute Access 2007 applications to users who do not have the full version of Access 2007 installed on their computers. (.exe file – 56.2 MB) This version of MS Access has not been fully tried and tested with BEAT therefore we cannot guarantee it will work with all aspects of the tool. No liability can be accepted by any of the BEAT project partners for use of this software.
BEAT v2 Installation instructions
(PDF 9 kB)
BEAT v2 Quick Start instructions
(PDF 123 kB)
BEAT v2 User Guide
(PDF 2.2 MB)
The aim of this tool is to provide the user with a means for assessing the potential benefits, as well as associated environmental impacts, of bioenergy technologies. It takes into account the diverse nature of possible bioenergy feedstocks and conversion technologies and also identifies a variety of potential environmental impacts. BEAT2 is a UK-based tool and cannot be used to assess bioenergy options outside the UK or to assess the impact of internationally sourced feedstocks.
BEAT2 allows the user to input information on different categories of bioenergy conversion plant and feedstock. The user can input either a minimum level of information or detailed information specific to the plant and type of biomass production. The tool therefore provides default parameters, but also allows the user to alter many parameters themselves. Results from the tool detail energy and greenhouse gas balances and potential environmental impacts and benefits based on the input data. The outputs also highlight where values have been changed from the default setting.
In order to use this tool correctly, you must read the short set of instructions provided above. For more detailed instructions and information on how the tool was developed, including the assumptions you should read the full manual (also see above).
DEFRA, the Environment Agency, the Biomass Energy Centre, Forest Research, AEA and North Energy Associates accept no liability whatsoever to any third party for any loss or damage arising from any use of or reliance on the BEAT2 tool.
This BEAT2 tool is provided free of charge by DEFRA, the Biomass Energy Centre and the Environment Agency to enable users to assess complete biomass supply chains, currently relevant to the UK, for greenhouse gas emissions and potential environmental impacts. It provides the user with an indication of the likely impacts and benefits of different UK biomass options in specific situations, but does not replace the need for a full impact assessment of individual plants. It is not designed to support the drawing of generalised conclusions for all biomass options. In addition, as BEAT2 does not control the parameters entered by users, neither DEFRA nor the Environment Agency can be taken to endorse any results obtained.
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