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Energy use and environmental impact of roundwood and forest fuel production in Sweden

Lindholm, Eva-Lotta (2010). Energy use and environmental impact of roundwood and forest fuel production in Sweden. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2010:40
ISBN 978-91-576-7453-1
[Doctoral thesis]

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The increasing awareness of climate change issues, unstable fossil fuel prices and concerns about energy security are leading to a rising demand for forest products. If meeting this demand involves increased harvesting it is essential to employ efficient systems that allow sustainable forest management. This thesis examines the environmental performance of the Swedish forestry system and potential opportunities to improve this system. The focus was on roundwood and forest fuel procurement and timber transport, which were evaluated using a Life Cycle Assessment perspective. To evaluate the greenhouse gas savings from forest fuel, the dynamics of soil carbon stocks and the potential to replace fossil fuel were examined. Production of roundwood and forest fuel required little external energy and emitted low greenhouse gas emissions. About 3% of the inherent energy available in roundwood and 2-5% of that in forest fuel, logging residues and stumps was required in forest fuel production. More energy was required in northern Sweden than in southern Sweden, mostly due to higher energy use in transport operations. Secondary transport of roundwood and forest fuel comprised about 50% of energy use, which could be decreased by reducing the road transport distance by modal changes, e.g. between lorry and train, increasing the loading factor, decreasing the fuel requirements of vehicles and using an energy carrier with good environmental characteristics. There were great greenhouse gas savings when forest fuel, stumps and logging residues, replaced fossil fuel. Important factors when assessing the greenhouse gas savings from forest fuel, were the efficiency of the end use, type of fossil fuel substituted, allocation method, site productivity, intensity of the harvesting and bioenergy source (stumps or logging residues). Increasing the use of forest products and forest fuel may decrease energy use and emissions of greenhouse gases if fossil fuel and petrochemical-intensive products can be substituted. However, this can have other environmental impacts, indicating potential conflicts between different environmental areas.

Authors/Creators:Lindholm, Eva-Lotta
Title:Energy use and environmental impact of roundwood and forest fuel production in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2010
Number of Pages:81
ALLI. Berg, S. & Lindholm, E-L. (2005). Energy use and environmental impacts of forest operations in Sweden. Journal of Cleaner Production 13(1), 33-42. II. Lindholm, E-L. & Berg, S. (2005). Energy requirement and environmental impact in timber transport. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 20(2), 184 - 191. III. Lindholm, E-L., Berg, S. & Hansson, P.-A. Energy efficiency and the environmental impact of harvesting stumps and logging residues. (Accepted for publication in European Journal of Forestry) IV. Lindholm, E-L., Stendahl, J., Berg, S. & Hansson, P-A. Greenhouse gas balance of harvesting stumps and logging residues in Sweden. (Manuscript)
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7453-1
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:roundwood, fuelwood, forestry operations, transport, energy consumption, environmental impact, environmental impact assessment, greenhouse gases, sweden
Keywords:life cycle assessment, forest fuel, transport, roundwood
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ID Code:2292
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: Eva-Lotta Lindholm
Deposited On:17 May 2010 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:17

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