GREENERGY – The cultivation of fast-growing trees on grassland to increase the potential of wood as a raw material for energetic use (feasibility study)

  • Project team:

    Rösch, Christine (Project leader); Juliane Jörissen; Martin Knapp; Sophie Eiselein; Carmen Priefer

  • Funding:

    Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V. (FNR)

  • Start date:

    2010

  • End date:

    2011

  • Project partners:

    TU Dresden (Institut für Forst- und Holzwirtschaft Osteuropas, Institute for General Ecology and Environmetal Protection, Institute for Soil Science and Site Ecology, Institut für Technik- und Umweltrecht), Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Institut für landwirtschaftliche Betriebslehre), Thüringer Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (TLL), Sächsisches Landesamt für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Geologie (LfULG), Bayrische Landesanstalt für Wald- und Forstwirtschaft (LWF), Landesforstbetrieb Sachsen-Anhalt (LFB), Landesforschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Fischerei Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LFA), Kompetenzzentrum HessenRohstoffe (HeRo) e.V.

  • Research group:

    Sustainable Bioeconomy

Project description

The cultivation of wood in short-rotation plantations for the use as an energy carrier or as a raw material, e.g. for power and heat supply or for biofuel supply, is appreciated in a very positive way as far as ecology and economy are concerned. The plantation of energy crops is sustainable as long as fast growing types of trees are planted on cropland that is not required for food production or for the substrate supply of biogas plants. Grassland that is no longer needed for cattle food supply, as the cattle population is continuously decreasing, seems to be very suitable for short-rotation plantations. In the feasibility study it is analyzed if it could be possible and would be reasonable in Germany to cultivate short-rotation coppice on well-chosen grassland when considering the legal, environmental, local, ecological, and economical framework conditions.

Publications


2011
Conference Papers
Rösch, C.; Aust, C.; Knapp, M.; Joerissen, J.
Sustainability criteria for the identification of grassland areas for short rotation coppice.
2011. 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition : from research to industry and markets; proceedings; ICC Berlin International Congress Center Berlin, Germany, conference 6 - 10 June 2011, exhibition 6 - 9 June 2011. Ed.: M. Faulstich, Faulstich, M. [Hrsg.] 19th European Biomass Conf. : From Research to Industry and Markets ; Proc.of the Internat.Conf.held in Berlin, June 6-10, 2011 DVD Firenze : ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, 2011, 409–415, ETA-Florence Renewable Energies 
Presentations
Rösch, C.; Aust, C.; Knapp, M.
Sustainability criteria for the identification of grassland areas for short rotation coppice.
2011. 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE 2011), Berlin, Germany, June 6–10, 2011 

Contact

Dr. Christine Rösch
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe
Germany

Tel.: +49 721 608-22704
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