Modeling the Role of Forests in a Regional Carbon Mitigation Plan. Fiorese, G. & Guariso, G. Renewable Energy, 52:175–182, April, 2013.
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Biomass from the forest sector can be an important source of renewable energy and can contribute to climate change mitigation and bioenergy development. However, the removal of biomass from forests has significant impacts on the forest ecosystem. For instance, it modifies soil litter which is particularly important to preserve soil characteristics and to sustain a diversity of organisms. Our aim is to analyze alternatives of sustainable forest management and compare how they perform in terms of carbon savings in order to assess the role of the sector in a regional emission reduction plan. The analysis is performed applying CO2FIX, a well-known carbon accounting model to the forests of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. The behavior of the most important forest macro-categories is investigated under common management alternatives: no harvest activities, maintenance of a constant stock, different rotation lengths, and maximization of harvested biomass. We evaluate their impact at landscape level on the regional carbon budget, thus estimating the maximum potential contribution from the forest sector. \^a\textordmasculine We analyze the contribution of forests to bioenergy and climate change mitigation. \^a\textordmasculine Different sustainable forest management policies are modeled. \^a\textordmasculine Optimal policy maximizes C fixed in biomass and C avoided by fossil fuel substitution. \^a\textordmasculine The impact on the regional carbon budget is evaluated at landscape level.
@article{fioreseModelingRoleForests2013,
  title = {Modeling the Role of Forests in a Regional Carbon Mitigation Plan},
  author = {Fiorese, Giulia and Guariso, Giorgio},
  year = {2013},
  month = apr,
  volume = {52},
  pages = {175--182},
  issn = {0960-1481},
  doi = {10.1016/j.renene.2012.09.060},
  abstract = {Biomass from the forest sector can be an important source of renewable energy and can contribute to climate change mitigation and bioenergy development. However, the removal of biomass from forests has significant impacts on the forest ecosystem. For instance, it modifies soil litter which is particularly important to preserve soil characteristics and to sustain a diversity of organisms. Our aim is to analyze alternatives of sustainable forest management and compare how they perform in terms of carbon savings in order to assess the role of the sector in a regional emission reduction plan. The analysis is performed applying CO2FIX, a well-known carbon accounting model to the forests of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. The behavior of the most important forest macro-categories is investigated under common management alternatives: no harvest activities, maintenance of a constant stock, different rotation lengths, and maximization of harvested biomass. We evaluate their impact at landscape level on the regional carbon budget, thus estimating the maximum potential contribution from the forest sector. \^a\textordmasculine{} We analyze the contribution of forests to bioenergy and climate change mitigation. \^a\textordmasculine{} Different sustainable forest management policies are modeled. \^a\textordmasculine{} Optimal policy maximizes C fixed in biomass and C avoided by fossil fuel substitution. \^a\textordmasculine{} The impact on the regional carbon budget is evaluated at landscape level.},
  journal = {Renewable Energy},
  keywords = {*imported-from-citeulike-INRMM,~INRMM-MiD:c-11795209,bioenergy,biomass,carbon-mitigation,climate-change,forest-management,forest-resources,italy,landscape-modelling},
  lccn = {INRMM-MiD:c-11795209}
}
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