Assessing Alternative Biofuels Cradle-to-Grave


Biomass from restoration projects, like these wood chips from forest thinnings, can help promote forest health while providing valuable raw material for biofuel and other bioenergy products.

Assessing the carbon and energy impacts of alternative biofuels is essential to understanding best strategies for moving into a sustainable, efficient, and carbon neutral future.

A series of new articles published by the Forest Products Journal report on the life-cycle analysis of various bioenergy processes (i.e., gasification, fermentation, and pyrolysis) andĀ feedstocks (raw materials used to convert biological matter into usable energy) including those from mill and forest residues, thinnings, and short rotation woody crops.

Ken Skog, an FPL supervisory research forester, is co-author on two of these benchmark reports:
— Comparing Life-Cycle Carbon and Energy Impacts for Biofuel, Wood Product, and Forest Management Alternatives, and
— Carbon Emission Reduction Impacts from Alternative Biofuels.

Understanding the complex life-cycle issues related to biofuels production will help meet demands to reduce dependence on foreign fossil fuels and to reduce carbon emissions.