This preliminary study addresses the life cycle sustainability analysis subproject of the Woody Biomass Innovative Project, which proposed to assess the future bioenergy potential for British Columbia from a broad perspective that includes energy, greenhouse gas considerations and climate change, impacts on soil and biodiversity, and socio-economic sensitivities and to consider the need for guidance and policy development. This preliminary study reviews currently available assessment methodologies and proposes a framework for a life cycle sustainability assessment of current and emerging wood-based biofuel products used in three sectors (i.e., residential, institutional, and industrial) in British Columbia. In addition, this study defines data requirements and data availability for a detailed assessment, and outlines the possible policy implications that might be drawn from a detailed study.
Mahalle, L., Berch, S.; Dymond, C.; Tedder, S.; Titus, B.; Todd, M.. 2013. Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis Sub-project of the Woody Biomass Innovative Project: A Preliminary Assessment. Forests, Lands, and NR Operations. Research Report (FLNRORD). TR76
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
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