Biomass energy differs from other renewables, however, in the extent to which its use is directly tied to the farms, forests, and other ecosystems from which biomass feedstock are obtained. Because of this close association, the use of biomass has the potential to result in a wide range of environmental and social impacts, both positive and negative, above and beyond its use as a substitute for fossil fuels. Developing and deploying sustainable agricultural practices are essential to achieve a constant, secure and viable supply of biomass for its multiple uses.
Agricultural Pracices technology platform. Programme
Cultivation practices are at the basis of every biobased product value chain. In fact, despite the availability and the quality of forestry biomass, it is well known that future biobased economy is strongly related to valorization of agricultural residues available. According to an expected growth of biomass based products, more efficient but sustainable supply chains will be needed, in order to be able able to cover a fast growing demand with the supply of valuable low cost feedstock.
Below the crucial topics on which this technology platform will be focusing:
Enhancing the efficiency of agricultural residues compactation and storage systems
Develop new hybrids able to grow in different EU climate areas
Develop new supply chain strategies for different biomass feedstocks
Analyse and increase the environmental sustainability of biomass supply chain
New strategies identification for sustainable food production