Place: Europe Year(s): 2001-2003 Sector: Energy planning
GIS-based planning tool for greenhouse gases emission reduction through biomass exploitation
Aim of the project is an innovative GIS tools to optimise the land-use development and planning for the effective exploitation of biomass resources, in order to reach the following objectives (of Community interest):
Promotion of biomass to energy plants;
Air pollution and CO2 emissions reduction;
Development of tools for the implementation of biomass projects in a sustainable way;
Valorisation of the territory, recovery of marginal areas;
Improved management of forestry and agricultural land;
Integration between rural and urban areas.
The work will comprise the following main tasks:
Definition of a model for the evaluation of agro-forestry biomass potential and analysis of the biomass production and collection costs; > Design and implementation of the algorithm to compute the cost of the biomass delivered to the biomass to energy plant (considering production, collection, stocking and transport costs);
Design and implementation of the computer model to calculate the avoided CO2 and other pollutant emissions (including emissions from biomass transportation);
Computations and evaluation of biomass potential and optimal locations
Recommendation for the use of the GIS tool, and integration with the Regional policy (Energy Plan, Community Structural Funds, etc.);
Result dissemination through seminars and web pages.