Private forest owners play key role in European forest derived fuel utilisation

Jyrki Raitila, M. Kuusinen, R. Ridley, Matti Virkkunen

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Abstract

The AFO project was set up to discover the best tools for activating private forest owners and establishing wood fuel supply clusters for bioenergy production. It aimed to increase the utilisation of Europe's vast forest fuel reserves. This was expected to benefit both the economy of the forest owners and rural areas and increase the use of renewable energy sources. The project was carried out between 2009 and 2012. The project aimed to activate an important fraction of the 12 million PFO's in Europe to supply wood fuel, especially to small and medium-sized heating plants. The project operated in selected target regions that have a high proportion of private forest ownership (France, Slovenia, Latvia and the UK). It started by analysing the potential wood fuel supply and use in relation to current regional markets. After assessing through inquiries the potential wood fuel supply and demand and the parties involved, the next step was to initiate and support the formation of wood fuel supply clusters and organise supply chains. This was followed by the dissemination of best practise examples from Austria and Finland - countries with the most expertise and long traditions of forest fuel production. In the last phase of the project, results and approved activation methods were disseminated to all 27 EU countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSDEWES Ohrid 2012 proceedings
Pages122 - 130
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event7th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - Ohrid, Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
Duration: 1 Jul 20127 Jul 2012

Conference

Conference7th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
CountryMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
CityOhrid
Period1/07/127/07/12

Keywords

  • private forest owners
  • wood fuel
  • supply cluster
  • bioenergy
  • activate

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