Environmentally sustainable biomass harvest?
Cecilia Akselsson, from Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, LU, will give a talk about "Harvesting of biomass from forests for energy purposes - is it environmentally sustainable?".
The share of renewable energy must increase significantly in Europe to meet EU's goals. Sweden has set ambitious targets, and bioenergy from forest biomass is considered a fundamental resource to achieve these targets, with the important restriction not to jeopardize forests’ sustainability. Intensified forest management, where branches, tops and stumps are harvested for bioenergy purposes, may potentially lead to conflicts with several of the Swedish Environmental objectives, e.g. Sustainable Forests and Natural Acidification Only. In this presentation I will try to answer the question: “How much branches, tops and stumps can be harvested, without affecting the environmental objectives negatively?”, based on synthesis work for the Energy Agency. Furthermore, I will promote landscape approaches to be able to answer the question more thoroughly. Finally, I will speculate about whether sustainable forest management is possible with today´s forest laws and regulations.