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Research article2019Peer reviewedOpen access

Forest bioenergy feedstock in Lithuania - Renewable energy goals and the use of forest resources

Pang, X.; Trubins, R.; Lekavicius, V.; Galinis, A.; Mozgeris, G.; Kulbokas, G.; Mortberg, U.

Abstract

Demands on forest bioenergy feedstock are expected to increase in many countries due to climate change mitigation. However, sustainable use of forest biomass resources can be ensured only if local and landscape conditions are taken into account, linking energy use to its resource base. The aim of this study was to analyse the forest biomass potential for Lithuania's energy pathways, while comparing the projected demand of forest bioenergy feedstock with resource projections. This was performed using the Landscape simulation and Ecological Assessment (LEcA) tool and the energy model MESSAGE. Biomass demand can be met up to 2050, after which demands under a Biomass Low pathway can still be met by the domestic forest resource if other wood uses are reduced, while Biomass High leads to a biomass deficit regarding domestic forest resources. Information exchange between the energy model and the LEcA tool enables an integrated sustainability assessment, and may contribute to a sustainable and efficient use of forest as a bioenergy feedstock resource.

Keywords

Forest bioenergy feedstock; Environmental restrictions; Resource efficiency; Integrated resource assessment; Integrated sustainability assessment

Published in

Energy Strategy Reviews
2019, Volume: 24, pages: 244-253

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG7 Affordable and clean energy
    SDG12 Responsible consumption and production
    SDG13 Climate action
    SDG15 Life on land

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Forest Science
    Renewable Bioenergy Research

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2019.04.004

    Permanent link to this page (URI)

    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/100140