Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis Sub-project of the Woody Biomass Innovative Project: A Preliminary Assessment

Author(s) or contact(s): L. Mahalle, S. Berch, C. Dymond, S. Tedder, B. Titus, and M. Todd
Source: Forests, Lands, and NR Operations
Subject: Socio-Economics
Series: Technical Report
Other details:  Published 2013. Hardcopy is available.


This preliminary study addresses the life cycle sustainability analysis subproject of the Woody Biomass Innovative Project, which proposed to assess the future bioenergy potential for British Columbia from a broad perspective that includes energy, greenhouse gas considerations and climate change, impacts on soil and biodiversity, and socio-economic sensitivities and to consider the need for guidance and policy development. This preliminary study reviews currently available assessment methodologies and proposes a framework for a life cycle sustainability assessment of current and emerging wood-based biofuel products used in three sectors (i.e., residential, institutional, and industrial) in British Columbia. In addition, this study defines data requirements and data availability for a detailed assessment, and outlines the possible policy implications that might be drawn from a detailed study.

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Updated April 12, 2013