European CommissionFinnish Forest Research Institute (METLA), Finland
2012 - 2015
INFRES aims to accelerate the technological development and open new paths to EU’s renewable targets by producing research based knowledge, technological solutions and service innovations for forest residue feedstock supply. INFRES aims at high efficiency and precise deliveries of woody feedstock to heat, power and biorefining industries by: Producing technological and logistic innovations for developing new harvesting, transport and storage technology for forest fuel procurement, Demonstrating new solutions in full supply chains from harvesting to transport and storage in real operational environment, Spotting the technological, economic, regulatory and other bottlenecks in the innovation structures for the forest energy sector, Assessing the environmental, economical and social sustainability for the developed logistics including scenarios for different
fuel sources, methods, technologies and transport distances and Disseminating the outcomes of research and demonstrations to the practices.
Project consortium has 23 partners including 9 leading forest energy research organizations of accompanied with 14 SME along the biomass supply chain. SME’s include manufacturers of harvesting technology, chippers, feedstock supply enterprises, forest harvesting and transport providers, truck technology and IT service provider to manage fleet and storages. During the project INFRES develops and demonstrates technological and logistical solutions that decrease the fossil energy input in the biomass supply by 20% and reduces the raw material losses by 15%. The cost of supply can be reduced by 10-20% and precision of supply improves the economic outcome of CHP production by 10%. The CO2 emissions of feedstock supply will diminish by 10%.
IFER is mainly involved in WP 5. WP 5 provides assessments on economic, environmental and social sustainability impacts for innovative demonstration cases by quantifying changes caused by new technologies and selected scenarios compared to business-as-usual operations. IFER will especially focus on adopting an assessment framework for sustainability impact assessment (SIA) of forest biomass supply using key indicators of environmental, economic and social sustainability.
6 (Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).