Profitability of Short Rotation Forestry in Austria

Schoenhart M (2008). Profitability of Short Rotation Forestry in Austria. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-08-043

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Abstract

This study focuses on the economics of short rotation forestry (SRF) in Austria and is based on a net-present-value calculation. The aims of this study were to evaluate the profitability of SRF under various scenarios and to provide information on economically optimal production decisions. Dynamic systems analysis was applied to model biophysical growth, costs, and benefits of a poplar plantation. The model includes two different harvesting systems (cut-and-chip harvester, feller-buncher harvester) and two transportation systems (transportation of wood chips with tractor or truck). The model takes into account variations in biomass growth based on different plant densities and rotation periods as well as biomass decay and heating value depending on the chosen harvesting system and length of storage. The results indicate that SRF can be profitable under certain conditions in Austria.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Interim Report)
Research Programs: Forestry (FOR)
Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:41
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 16:46
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/8746

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