Cost- and resource-efficiency is the key factor to enhance the performance of biomass supply chains and the urgent need is to improve the economic output of foresters, farmers and entrepreneurs. The practical challenges for practitioners of relevance in all participating countries and regions include biomass mobilisation and the availability and supply of high-quality raw material.
Thus, a key objective is to increase implementation of cost-efficient new technologies and guarantee the better quality of biomass. In addition, facing current challenges in the participating regions, e.g. with a stagnation of biomass raw material prices on the market in some regions (e.g. in the Nordics) and through the availability of low-priced raw material on the markets caused by storm- and insect damages in part of the regions (especially in Central Europe), one other objective is to increase the efficiency of supply chains in order to enable successful & profitable operations for farmers, foresters and entrepreneurs and to ensure a stable & sustainable biomass supply for end-users.
The needs of practitioners will be gathered and innovative ideas and methods from practice will be captured and spread. The selection of research results which has potential to improve efficiency of the supply chain will be mapped and summarized. The most promising techniques, tools and best practices will be demonstrated in case studies, to show the advantages in a practical context to foresters, farmers and entrepreneurs. Advantages and benefits of studied best practices will be outlined and shown for a targeted group of practitioners. Practice abstracts (PAs) are intended to be produced. Advantages and benefits of studied best practices will be outlined and shown for a targeted group of practitioners in form of simple and visual factsheets. In addition, audio-visual showcase material will be produced for selected promising cases to share the experiences to a wide audience.
Natural Resources Institute Finland – Luke