Short rotation forestry – biofuel production in harmony with environmental goals

This pilot project investigates the possibility to produce biomass equivalent to between 14 and 42 TWh per year in Sweden, through coppice and pollarding (short rotation forestry) on land that today is rarely used for energy production. Short rotation forestry in certain protected areas, deciduous forest on wetlands, urban parks and recreation areas, unused agricultural land, power line corridors, and along roads and railway lines may bring positive effects on biological diversity, which means less conflict between energy production and environmental issues. The one-year project shall elucidate the potential of short rotation forestry, and prepare for a full-scale research project, through an historical-ecological analysis, production analysis, evaluation of effects on biological diversity, system analysis, and a description of economic conditions. A group of six researchers representing a diversity of disciplines will work together with a network of scientists and end-users.

Participants

Ulrika Palme (contact)

Universitetslektor vid Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Collaborations

Swedish Society for Nature Conservation

Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Uppsala, Sweden

Funding

Swedish Energy Agency

Funding Chalmers participation during 2011–2013

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

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Latest update

2016-04-15