Biomass potential studies
When it comes to socio-political decisions and defining targets, it is important to be able to assess the availability of biomass within a geographical entity at a given time, which is usually in the future. Biomass potential studies are usually developed to serve this purpose. These use scenario-based approaches to calculate the biomass potential.
Countless biomass potential studies have been published in recent years, but the results of these studies sometimes differ by as much as a factor of 10, even if the geographical reference is the same. This poses a risk in terms of ambitious political objectives, because although biomass is a renewable resource, it is a scarce commodity due to limited agricultural and forestry land. There is also competition for space with the food and animal foodstuff sector, which limits the areas available for non-food use (for ethical reasons).
ifeu has conducted a series of studies on global, national and regional biomass potentials. During the BEE project, ifeu was responsible for the analysis of published biomass potential studies.