Special Issue "Biomass Resource Efficiency for the Biobased Industries"
A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2014)
Dr. Calliope Panoutsou
Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, SW72AZ, London, UK
Interests: energy; biomass; biofuels; energy crops; renewable energy; sustainability; energy policy
Resource efficiency is a key element for a future European bioeconomy that will be resilient to climate change, have adequate and sustainable supply of raw materials, and be able to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet’s natural resources.
The bio-based industries (energy and non-energy ones) have much to offer in terms of minimizing / reducing environmental impacts , improving resource efficiency and raw materials utilisation, but the interactions can be rather complex.
If the market for bio-based products is to develop, the establishment of efficient, cost-effective supply chains, providing raw materials of known and consistent quality will be essential.
During the last ten years, both research efforts and policy formation for biomass has seen very active development in the bioenergy and biofuels fields, starting from the basic targets of the RED and paths towards their achievement from the Member States in their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) and the subsequent reporting periods, and following with several other initiatives for sustainability and market support at Member State level.
However, most policy related mechanisms were prepared without fully recognizing market dynamics including: implications of sustainability criteria on supply and land use; competition with the other biomass using sectors and the appreciation of longer-term resource efficiency and environmental policies.
Furthermore, opportunities of the bioeconomy such as cascading use of biomass, and the linking of the energy, fuel and bio-material markets seems to not have been sufficiently reflected in the national and the broader EU policy making at a coordinated level.
Key issues for the future technological development and policy formation of the biobased sectors include the:
- efficient resource mobilisation (sustainability criteria; costs, logistics, availability);
- production of more and/or different types of biomass e.g. by increasing agricultural productivity, potentially exploiting unutilized land, expanding production of specific biomass crops, and
- assessment of the resource efficiency element in biomass value chains (with a set of consistent techno-economic, sustainability and policy related indicators).
We welcome papers on primary, blue-skies research, as well as cutting-edge exemplars from policy and industrial practice that can be used to encourage resource efficiency in the biobased sectors (energy and non-energy ones).
Dr. Calliope Panoutsou
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- biobased sectors