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Residential use of firewood in Northern Sweden and its influence on forest biomass resources

Lindroos, Ola (2011). Residential use of firewood in Northern Sweden and its influence on forest biomass resources. Biomass & bioenergy. 35 :1 , 385-390
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2010.08.054


Firewood is society’s oldest source of household energy and is still extensively used around the world. However, little is known about firewood usage in technologically advanced countries with high energy consumption. Some key issues include quantities of firewood currently used and future trends, as well as the influence of this usage on available biomass resources. This study addresses those issues through a postal questionnaire to 1500 of the firewood using households in a region in Northern Sweden. One-third of households produced 11-20 solid m3 of firewood per year. Three-fourths expected their production to be unchanged or increase during the coming five years. A large proportion of young producers indicated long-term continuation of firewood usage. Half (53%) of the firewood producing households owned forest and thereby had free access to wood. Produced firewood volume corresponded to 4-8% of the region’s roundwood volume harvested for industrial purposes. The use of firewood is suggested to influence decisions of private forest owners about management and harvest of forest biomass, and, thus, affect supply for bioenergy and other uses. With further incorporation of firewood usage into forest biomass management regimes, larger biomass quantities are likely to be available for industrial uses.

Authors/Creators:Lindroos, Ola
Title:Residential use of firewood in Northern Sweden and its influence on forest biomass resources
Series Name/Journal:Biomass & bioenergy
Year of publishing :2011
Page range:385-390
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E12 Labour and employment
J Handling, transport, storage and protection of agricultural products > J12 Handling, transport, storage and protection of forest products
P Natural resources > P05 Energy resources management
P Natural resources > P06 Renewable energy resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:Biomass resources, fuelwood, forestry, public opinion, resource potential
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Alternative URL:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0961953410003119
ID Code:8233
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
External funders:Gunnar och Birgitta Nordins fond
Deposited By: Ola Lindroos
Deposited On:17 Aug 2011 07:36
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:46

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