|Title||Biomass Supply Assessments in Europe: Research Context and Methodologies|
|Author(s)||Panoutsou, C.; Bauen, A.; Elbersen, B.S.; Dees, M.; Stojadinovic, D.; Glavonjic, B.; Zheliezna, T.; Wenzelides, L.; Langeveld, Hans|
|Source||In: Modelling and Optimisation of Biomass Supply Chains / Panoutsou, C., Academic Press - ISBN 9780128123034 - p. 1 - 24.|
|Department(s)||Earth Observation and Environmental Informatics|
|Publication type||Peer reviewed book chapter|
|Abstract||Since early 2000, several biomass assessment studies were delivered at European and global level mostly driven by the increasing demand for the development of bioenergy and biofuels, and the need to secure sustainable, continuous supply for the emerging plants. Ongoing research and development and industrial development plus increased drivers to use renewable raw materials in industrial sectors beyond energy have seen the focus of the biomass markets widen to include value chains for bio-based chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other materials. Consequently, research is now exploring increasingly varied configurations of value chains with the aims of understanding which types and quantifying how much biomass can be extracted sustainably, generate financial returns, and help the industry achieving high-quality products for consumers.
This chapter sets the scene for research on biomass supply assessments in Europe and reviews 40 studies delivered during the last 14 years. It analyzes context, key components in terms of terminology, framework conditions and assumptions, models used, and evidence provided so far for policy, research, and industry. It further discusses the main challenges, identifies gaps, and provides recommendations.