Environmental impacts of regional biomass chains

F. van der Hilst, J.M.C. van Dam, J.P.M. Sanders, H.W. Elbersen, A. Faaij

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During the last few years, sustainability issues related to bioenergy production has increasingly become a point of discussion in scientific, societal and political arenas. The objective of this work is to develop an integrated multidisciplinary approach to assess the environmental impacts of biomass supply chains at a regional level taking the spatial heterogeneity of the physical context into account. This study focuses on the green house gas balance of regional bioenergy chains and the impacts on soil, water and biodiversity as a concequence of land use changes in favour of bioenergy production. Ethanol production from first and second generation energy crops in the North of the Netherlands is used as a case study to demonstrate the methodology. The region specific assessment of the spatial distribution of environmental impacts will be mapped using Geographical Information System (GIS). This results in a quantitative and integral view of the threats and opportunities of increased implementation of biomass supply chains.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event17th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany -
Duration: 29 Jun 20093 Jul 2009


Conference17th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany


  • biobased economy
  • bioenergy
  • geographical information systems
  • supply chain management
  • environmental impact
  • bioethanol
  • land use
  • netherlands


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