Marginal land

Marginalstandort

Land availability is a major factor which limits the production of bioenergy and bio-based products. Land use competition is likely to intensify worldwide over the coming decades. Against this background, the increasing use of marginal land, i.e. land which is currently not used for agricultural or any other purposes, has been suggested as an alternative with few associated negative environmental and socio-economic impacts. ifeu investigates the environmental impacts of biomass production on marginal land in projects including the EU-funded projects OPTIMA, Global-Bio-Pact, SEEMLA and MAGIC.

 

Projects

Publications

A.L. Fernando, N. Rettenmaier, P. Soldatos, C. Panoutsou
Sustainability of perennial crops production for bioenergy and bio-products. In: Alexopoulou (ed.): Perennial Grasses for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, pp. 245-283, Elsevier 2018.

A.L. Fernando, J. Costa, B. Barbosa, A. Montic, N. Rettenmaier
Environmental impact assessment of perennial crops cultivation on marginal soils in the Mediterranean Region. Biomass and Bioenergy Vol. 111, pp. 174-186, Elsevier 2018.

N. Rettenmaier, T. Schmidt:
LCA of perennial grasses. In: Biobased Future, No. 5, p. 20, 2016.

T. Schmidt, A.L. Fernando, A. Monti, N. Rettenmaier:
Life cycle assessment of bioenergy and bio-based products from perennial grasses cultivated on marginal land in the Mediterranean region. BioEnergy Research, Special Issue on Optimization of Perennial Grasses for Biomass Production in the Mediterranean Area, Vol. 8(1), pp. 1548-1561, Springer, 2015

H. Keller, N. Rettenmaier, G. Reinhardt:
Integrated sustainability assessment of bioenergy and bio-based products from perennial grasses cultivated on marginal land. In: OPTIMA project reports, supported by the EU’s FP7 under GA No. 289642, ifeu, Heidelberg, Germany, 2015

N. Rettenmaier, S. Gärtner, H. Keller, M. Müller-Lindenlauf, G. Reinhardt, T. Schmidt, A. Schorb:
Life cycle assessment of bioenergy and bio-based products from perennial grasses cultivated on marginal land. In: OPTIMA project reports, supported by the EU’s FP7 under GA No. 289642, ifeu, Heidelberg, Germany, 2015

N. Rettenmaier, A. Schorb, G. Hienz, R. Diaz-Chavez:
Report on sustainability impacts of the use of marginal areas and grassy biomass. In: Global-Bio-Pact project reports, supported by the EU’s FP7 under GA No. 245085, ifeu, Heidelberg, Germany, 2012

N. Rettenmaier, S. Köppen, S. Gärtner, G. Reinhardt:
Screening Life Cycle Assessment of Hydrotreated Jatropha Oil. Commissioned by Daimler AG, Stuttgart, 2008

G.A. Reinhardt, S. Gärtner, N. Rettenmaier, J. Münch, E. v. Falkenstein:
Screening Life Cycle Assessment of Jatropha Biodiesel. Commissioned by Daimler AG, Stuttgart, 2007

Contact:

Dr. Guido Reinhardt

PhD; Mathematician, Chemist, Biologist
Phone: +49 (0)6221 4767 31
E-Mail: guido.reinhardt@ifeu.de

Nils Rettenmaier

Dipl. Geoökologe (graduate in geoecology)
Phone: +49 (0)6221 4767 24
E-Mail: nils.rettenmaier@ifeu.de