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.



N. Rettenmaier: Biomassepotenzialstudien: Ergebnisse, Unterschiede und Wege zur Harmonisierung. “Potenziale in der Biomassenutzung” – 3. Energiekolloquium der Chemie-Gesellschaften (DECHEMA), 19 Januar 2012, Frankfurt/M. (in German)


Dr. Guido Reinhardt

PhD; Mathematician, Chemist, Biologist
Phone: +49 (0)6221 4767 31

Nils Rettenmaier

Dipl. Geoökologe (graduate in geoecology)
Phone: +49 (0)6221 4767 24