Sustainability of forest biomass feedstocks
New machine and business systems have impacts on a wide range of aspects: INFRES provides assessments on economic, environmental and social sustainability impacts for all new demonstration cases. Changes caused by new technologies are quantified, and selected scenarios compared to business-as-usual operations, to make sure that innovation does not have unaccounted negative impacts on people, nature or economy.
This sustainability impact assessment is done by
- adopting an assessment framework for sustainability impact assessment (SIA) of forest biomass supply using key indicators of environmental, economic and social sustainability
- assessing sustainability impacts for different fuel sources and harvest intensities, procurement methods, technologies and transport distances
- calculating economic impacts in terms of costs and revenue of different alternatives and for selected user groups (e.g. forest owners)
- quantifying economic, environmental and social sustainability indicators for the INFRES demonstration forest biomass supply chains
- basic state-of-the art biomass chains are quantified and compared to the innovative INFRES demonstration cases as scenarios
- highlighting critical factors for forest biomass supply chain sustainability and identifying the areas of technological and logistical innovations to improve the sustainability of forest biomass supply
The main tool for sustainability impact assessments will be ToSIA – Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment (more info: http://tosia.efi.int/), as well as other tools in use in the INFRES partner institutes like HEUREKA.
EFI European Forest institute
Torikatu 34, 80100 Joensuu, Finland
Phone +358 10773 4320