DENDROMASS4EUROPE-Securing Sustainable Dendromass Production with Poplar Plantations in European Rural Areas

Dendromass4Europe aims at establishing sustainable, Short Rotation Coppice (SRC)-based, regional cropping systems for agricultural dendromass production on marginal land. The dendromass produced in SRC (ligneous biomass, bark and wood) will be supplied to dedicated bio-based value chains which will create additional job opportunities in rural areas. The supply chains will be taylored for optimum efficiency of supply logistics and for reducing carbondioxyde emissions. Innovative bio-based materials will help to replace fossil-based materials.

Objectives

- Establishment and expansion of 2500 ha of short rotation poplar plantations on marginal or on currently unused agricultural land in rural areas
- Demonstration of the market introduction and the application of 4 New Bio-Based Materials (NBBM) linked to the establishment of 4 new bio-based value chains based upon adding higher value to both the wood and the bark of the poplars separately
- Reduction of dendromass costs through the adaptation and optimisation of innovative harvesting and storage systems
- Implementation of dedicated monitoring and applied-level research to ensure plantation quality, production stability, optimum poplar variety selection and risk avoidance
- Validation of the expected positive ecological impacts by assessing the life cycles of the NBBMs along the value chains (life cycle assessment)

[Last updated on: 09-01-2018]
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