Climate Change Effects of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems

Dublin, Ireland 2005

Greenhouse Gas Aspects of Biomass Cascading –
Reuse, Recycling and Energy Generation

Dublin, Ireland, 25 April, 2005

Jointly organised by



Background information

Scope and objectives of the conference

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is an urgent international target. The sustainable use of biomass  for wooden products and energy is one important option that might significantly contribute to the reduction  of greenhouse gas emissions by substituting the use of non-renweable materials and fossil energy. Given that the amount of sustainably available biomass is limited, the most efficient use of biomass is an important issue. Biomass offers a wide range of possibilities to reuse, recycle and to generate energy. The main objective to be addressed and discussed in this joint workshop was the optimal combination of the different aspects of carbon sequestration and biomass cascading to contribute to greenhouse gas reduction by substituting conventional materials and fossil energy. It provided a forum for government, policy and academic representatives to exchange  information on current knowledge regarding optimal use of biomass for greenhouse gas mitigation.


Workshop Program

Monday, 25 April 2005

Session 1: Introduction

Wood energy in Ireland – contribution to GHG reduction.
Joe O’Carroll, Council for Forest Research and Development, Ireland.
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Carbon sinks and forest products in the Kyoto Process – current and future developments.
Eugene Hendrick, Council for Forest Research and Development, Ireland.
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Optimizing the GHG benefits of bioenergy and carbon sequestration systems.
Bernhard Schlamadinger, Joanneum Research, Austria, and Kimberly Robertson, Force Consulting, New Zealand.
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Session 2: Biomass Cascading

Cost and CO2-emission reduction of biomass cascading – Methodological aspects and case study of SRF poplar.
Veronika Dornburg, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
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Energy and carbon dioxide balances of various cascade chains for recovered wood.
Roger Sathre and Leif Gustavsson, MID Sweden University, Sweden, and Kim Pingoud, Finnish Forest Research Insitute, Finland
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Global carbon stocks in harvested wood products: a review of current understanding and estimates.
Robert Matthews, Forestry Commission, UK, and Kim Pingoud, Finnish Forest Research Insitute, Finland.
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Session 3: Energy Generation

Energy generation from recovered wood for greenhouse gas reduction.
Gerfried Jungmeier, Joanneum Research, Austria.
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Energetic utilization of wood in Hungary.
Varga M., Németh G., Károly A., Alpár T. University of West Hungary, Sopron, Hungary
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Potential for energy production and greenhouse gas mitigation from biomass waste streams in Ireland.
Carly Green, University College Dublin, Ireland.
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Session 4: Reuse and Recycling

Greenhouse impacts of utilising wood processing residues for composite products or bioenergy: implications for renewable energy incentive schemes.
Annette Cowie and David Gardner, NSW Department of Primary Industries.
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Wood recycling mitigates climate change.
Chris Van Riet, European Panel Federation, Brussels.
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Recovered wood from residential and office building – assessment of GHG emissions for reuse, recycling, and energy generation.
Adolf Merl, Resource Management Agency, Austria.
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List of Participants

List of Participants (PDF)