Task 38 - Greenhouse Gas Balances of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems

Workshop WS3 on:

Efficient Use of Biomass for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

 Östersund, Sweden
September 30 – October 1, 2003

Jointly organised by


Scope and objectives of the conference

 The conference on the first day (September 30) focused on the efficient use of biomass for energy, including the  efficient use of land resources, to reduce GHG emissions. The objective of this conference was to provide a forum for

  • discussing methodological issues;
  • informing on policy frameworks and
  • presenting new biomass technologies and systems.
  • On the final day, participants first took a tour on an active forest site where SÅTAB AB showcased currently  used advanced techeqies for  harvesting, caollecting, and processing biomass wood fuel and forest residues for the local CHP plant in Östersund.
  • Secondly, participants took a tour of one of the newest and largest Biomass CHP plants in the world, located in Östersund and supplying district heating and electricity. Jämtkfraft AB in Östersund kindly introduced participants to the CHP plant and lead a tour of the facilities. The outside collection and storage areas for the biomass fuels and the inside of the CHP plant where the biomass fuels are converted into combined Heat and Electricity
  • Finally a 360 view from the roof-top of the CHP plant.


Workshop Program

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TUESDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2003: Efficient Use of Biomass for Greenhouse  Gas Mitigation


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introduction
Maggi Mikaelsson, County Governor of Jämtland and Sture Petersson, Dean of the Mid Sweden University
Presentation Slides (Björn Telenius)

Session 1: Methodological Issues


Comparison of energy systems: On methods, parameters and system boundaries
Leif Gustavsson, Mid Sweden University, Sweden
Presentation Slides
Presentation Video


Integrating energy, products and forests
Andre Faaij, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Presentation Slides
Presentation Video


Coffee Break

Session 2: Policy Frameworks


Implementation of the Kyoto Protocol: what does it mean for biomass energy and carbon sequestration?
Bernhard Schlamadinger, Joanneum Research, Austria
Presentation Slides
Presentation Video
Video of Questions and Answers


Liberalised power market and effects on renewable energy
Christiaan Vrolijk, Natsource, United Kingdom
Presentation Slides
Presentation Video
Video of Questions and Answers






The Biomass Transition in the Netherlands
Kees Kwant, Novem, the Netherlands (presented by Andre Faaij)
Presentation Slides
Presentation Video
Video of Questions and Answers

Session 3: New Technologies and Systems


Efficient energy systems for low-carbon pulp and paper production
Kenneth Möllersten, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Presentation Slides
Presentation Video


Wood-based power and heat production
Torbjörn Lindquist, Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden
Presentation Slides
Presentation Video


Coffee Break


Systems analysis of forestry, forest products and recovered wood – activities and results from COST Actions E9 and E31
Gerfried Jungmeier, Joanneum Research, Austria
Presentation Slides
Presentation Video
Video of Questions and Answers


Efficient biomass use for energy in developing countries
Boris Utria, The World Bank, USA
Presentation Slides
Presentation Video




End of Session




List of Participants

Link to PDF file