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Conference paper - Peer-reviewed, 2016

Comparison of Environmental, Social and Economic Approach to the Pruning Utilization within the Europruning Project

Bukowski, Przemyslaw; Dyjakon, Arkadiusz; den Boer, Jan; Gebresenbet, Girma; Germer, Sonja; Garcia-Galindo, Daniel


In the paper an outline of the assessment methodology and the determined results for three types of analysis (environmental, social and economic) are compared. The overall conclusion is, that there is a negative correlation between economic and social analysis results. The social analysis for scenarios, when a farmer collects the branches as a hobby (unpaid labor) gave the highest values of social indicator (SROI). Scenarios with market wages for a handmade collection gave also positive, but not so high SROI results. They also generated high incomes for local energy producer. In this case subsidizing should be considered. For standard business models (with the machinery specialized for pruning) all three analyses - economic, environmental, and social - gave positive results. For social analysis the result (SROI) varied in the range from 2 to 8.


pruning residues; renewable energy; social impact

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European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings
2016, pages: 1513-1515
Book title: Proceedings 24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
ISBN: 978-88-89407-165
Publisher: ETA-Florence Renewable Energies


24th International European Biomass Conference on Setting the Course for a Biobased Economy, JUN 06-09, 2016, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

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Bukowski, Przemyslaw
Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
Dyjakon, Arkadiusz
Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
den Boer, Jan
Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology
Germer, Sonja
Leibniz Institut fur Agrartechnik und Biookonomie (ATB)

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