Europe’s Forests Can Increase Supply To Match Biomass Demand

The supply of woody biomass from the forests across Europe can be increased significantly beyond the current level of resource use, according to new research. However, the study warns this this involves trade-offs with biodiversity and other services that forests provide to humans. Countries in the European Union (EU) promote the use of renewable energy […]

The supply of woody biomass from the forests across Europe can be increased significantly beyond the current level of resource use, according to new research. However, the study warns this this involves trade-offs with biodiversity and other services that forests provide to humans.

Countries in the European Union (EU) promote the use of renewable energy and have agreed on targets for 2020 and 2030. As a result, there has been a focus on the availability and mobilization of wood in Europe. According to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland, forests in the EU could potentially supply 620 to 891 million cubic meters per year in 2030.

“This potential suggests that it is possible to significantly increase harvest levels beyond the current resource use; however, mobilizing this potential would imply drastic changes in the management of European forests. Furthermore, forests provide many other benefits to society than wood production and it is important to understand if, and how, policies affect the provisioning of forest ecosystem services,” says Hans Verkerk, MSc, in his doctoral dissertation analyzing and evaluating the impacts of intensified biomass production and biodiversity protection on ecosystem services provided by European forests.

From Click Green: http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/research/trends/126129-europes-forests-can-increase-supply-to-match-biomass-demand.html

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